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Actinopteri - Lophiiformes - Brachionichthyidae
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|G. Carnevale and T. W. Pietsch 2010||A lophiiform family unique and derived in having two elongate pectoral radials (not reduced in number through ontogeny); ceratobranchials I–IV curved; five branchiostegal rays; a well-developed membrane between the second and third dorsal-fin spine; and lacking vomerine and palatine teeth. The family is further distinguished from all other anten- narioid families in having the following combination of character states: mouth horizontal to slightly oblique; ventral surface of vomer flat; articular head of quad- rate broad; two pharyngobranchials present; vertebral column slightly curved, not sigmoid; epurals absent; three cephalic dorsal-fin spines; third dorsal-fin spine membranously attached to posterior margin of head.|