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Lizardfishes are generally small fish, although the largest species are about 60 centimetres (24 in) long. They have slender, somewhat cylindrical bodies, and heads that resemble those of lizards. The dorsal fin is located in the middle of the back, and accompanied by a small adipose fin placed closer to the tail.[2] They have mouths full of sharp teeth, even on the tongue.[1] They are bottom-dwelling fish, living in shallow coastal waters; even the deepest dwelling lizardfish lives in waters no more than 400 metres (1,300 ft). Some species in the subfamily Harpadontinae even live in brackish estuaries. They prefer sandy environments, and typically have body colours that help to camouflage them in such environments.[2] The larvae of lizardfishes are free-swimming. They are distinguished by the presence of black blotches in their guts, clearly visible through their transparent, scale-less, skin


The he Lizardfishes (or typical lizardfishes to distinguish them from the Bathysauridae and Pseudotrichonotidae) are a family, the Synodontidae, of aulopiform fish. They are found in tropical and subtropical marine waters throughout the world.

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Synodontidae Synodontidae


tibiprada 6 years ago

MaryEvans2: In Florida, we trust :-)
thank you

tibiprada 6 years ago

Gerardo Aizpuru: thanks a ton .. I might have to agree with you :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Lizarfishes also know as Sand divers.

tibiprada 6 years ago

Bayucca: you tell me ! Thanks :-)

tibiprada 6 years ago

Cammie: snorkeling, quite and relaxed.

MaryEvans2 6 years ago

wonderful spotting- great eye, and photo

bayucca 6 years ago

What you mean with THAT, I can't see anything ;-)... Excellent spotting and perfect camo!

Cammie C. Myers
Cammie C. Myers 6 years ago

Awesome! How in the world did you manage to see that AND take a picture!?

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Lat: 26.13, Long: -80.14

Spotted on Sep 7, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012


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