Snout very much produced, of a conical or pyramidal form; mouth small, with distinct teeth in each jaw: skin generally scabrous, or clothed with large scales.

70. Balistes

Eight teeth, forming a single row, in each jaw: body compressed; covered with large, hard, rhomboidal scales, not overlapping one another: first dorsal with three spines; the first much the largest, the third very small, and remote from the others; extremity of the pelvis projecting; armed with prickles.


Skeleton cartilaginous: bones soft, and destitute of fibres: sutures of the cranium indistinct: maxillary and intermaxillary bones either wanting or rudimentary; the palatines, or vomer alone, supplying their place.