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Bonefishes and Relatives: Albuliformes

Physical Characteristics

The feature shared by bonefishes and their relatives, the halosaurs (HAH-leh-sawrs) and the spiny eels, is an open canal, or a tube-shaped passage, in the lower jaw that is an extension of the series of pores and tiny tubes along each side of a fish's body used for sensing vibrations (vie-BRAY-shuns). Bonefishes have a long, thin body that tapers, or gets thinner, at each end. The relatives are eel shaped with a very long anal (AY-nuhl) fin, the fin that runs along the bottom of the body, and no tail fin. Most bonefishes and their relatives are 3.3 feet (1 meter) long or shorter.


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Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded VertebratesBonefishes and Relatives: Albuliformes - Physical Characteristics, Bonefishes (albula Vulpes): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BEHAVIOR AND REPRODUCTION, BONEFISHES AND THEIR RELATIVES AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS