SPADEFISHES - EPHIPPIDAE
Thought to be pelagic spawners. Grow very fast
Anal fin with 3 spines. Compressed laterally and deep-bodied. Mouth small; vomer or palatines toothless; comblike series of large blunt gill rakers on first epibranchial. Omnivores of algae and small invertebrates.
Latin, ephippium = that is for putting on a horse, similar in shape to a depression of the sphenoid bone