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Lizardfishes and Relatives: Aulopiformes

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Lizardfishes and their relatives live in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Lizardfishes and their relatives live at the bottom or swim freely in open water. These fishes live at depths from warm, shallow water near the shore to water so deep that light is almost absent. The bottom-dwelling fishes rest on rubble, sand, coral, rock, seaweed, or mud.

Lizardfishes and their relatives are predators (PREH-duhterz), or animals that hunt and kill other animals for food. Bottom-dwelling species eat smaller fishes and shrimps that they ambush and capture with their large, toothy mouths. At middle depths and in deep water lizardfishes and their relatives probably capture passing fish, squid, and shrimp.

Although the meat of shallow-water lizardfishes and their relatives is bony, some people eat it.

Lizardfishes and their relatives are not threatened nor endangered.

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