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Perciformes Lecture, Part1

Perciformes Lecture, Part1 - Order Perciformes Perciformes...

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Perciformes: Snooks to Snakeheads Part 1 (covers through Family Chaetodontidae) Order Perciformes Largest order of vertebrates, 9200 spp Extremely diverse Most are predators in shallow or surface waters of oceans and lakes Cohesive taxonomically General lines of evolution indicated by 19 suborders 31% of spp in suborder Percoidei 2,850 spp Order Perciformes ... 57% of spp in eight of 149 families Gobiidae, Cichlidae Labridae, Serranidae Blennidae, Pomacentridae Sciaenidae, Apogonidae Most species in Percoidei are deep bodied, moderately elongate, two dorsal fins, large mouth & eyes, and thoracic pelvic fins Order Perciformes ... Most are inshore, diurnal predators Those of any size harvested by man Many popular salt and freshwater game species: striped bass, snook, bluefish, jacks, snappers, croakers, barracudas, perches, sunfishes We will focus on nine (mostly marine) families of the Percoidei Suborder Percoidei 2,850 species of typical perciform appearance Most are inshore, diurnal (or crepuscular) predators Large spp are harvested by man Game fishes: striped bass, snook, bluefish, jacks, snappers, croakers, perches and sunfishes Family Serranidae 450 spp of groupers Most are large piscivorous fishes of
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