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Aulopiformes – Lizardfish


By on April 26, 2018


Aulopiformes are commonly known as Lizardfish, due to their likeness to Lizards. The similarities are particularly noticeable in their face, but they are also a comparable shape and size.  Another name for them is Grinners, due to their large, slightly upturned mouths, filled with many small teeth.

Lizardfish are a generally a benthic group, although pelagic species are also present. They are ambush predators and so they perch on top of corals, supported by their pelvic fins. This raises their heads to give them a good all-round view. Alternatively, they may bury themselves in the sand.

There are 17 families and 258 species of Aulopiformes found worldwide!

You can find a list of all of the Families of Lizardfish on The Great Barrier Reef, below.

Family – A lower level of taxonomic classification, grouping together species that show many similarities

   Lizard FishSynodontidae – Lizard Fishes