Common name: Velvetchins
A small family of Indo-Pacific fishes containing a single genus and six species. Although the genus was previously placed in the family Haemulidae, Leis & Carson-Ewart (2000) and Sanciangco et al. (2011) suggested that it is related Lobotes and distinct from the Haemulidae.
Differs from species in the family Haemulidae in having: 10 pores on and behind the chin, a cluster of variably sized barbels and fur-like papillae on the lower jaw and chin, uniformly bands of small teeth on the jaws, vomer and palatines; 41-48 pored lateral scales, 24 vertebrae.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Velvetchins, HAPALOGENYIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,


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