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Kingdom: Animalia
Sub Kingdom: Eumetazoa
Super Phylum: Bilateria:Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Sub Phylum: Vertebrata
Super Class: Osteichthyes
Class: Actinopterygii
Sub-Class: Neopterygii
Infra Class: Teleostei
Super Order: Paracanthopterygii
Order: Lophiiformes
Family: Antennariidae - Brachionichthyidae - Caulophrynidae - Centrophrynidae - Ceratiidae - Chaunacidae - Diceratiidae - Gigantactinidae - Himantolophidae - Linophrynidae - Lophichthyidae - Lophiidae -Melanocetidae - Neoceratiidae - Ogcocephalidae - Oneirodidae - Tetrabrachiidae - Thaumatichthyidae


The Lophiiformes order contains the fish that are commonly referred to as Anglers, Frogfish and Batfish.


The order Lophiiformes contains a highly diverse array of marine fishes that are primitively benthic shallow-water dwellers, but have evolved to form several groups of deep-shelf and slope inhabitants as well as a highly modified assemblage of open-water, meso- and bathypelagic species. Commonly referred to as anglerfishes, the group is characterized most strikingly by the structure of the first dorsal-fin spine, typically placed out on the tip of the snout and modified to serve as a luring apparatus.[1]


The Lophiiformes order is divided into the following families:




  1. (http://tolweb.org): Maddison, D. R., K.-S., Schulz (eds.), The Tree of Life Web Project, 1996-2006, Retrieved: 20 Feb 2011, http://tolweb.org/Lophiiformes/21989/2005.10.18in.