Perciformes - Perchlike Fish

Perciformes means "perch-like". Perciformes are the largest order of vertebrates, containing about 41% of all bony fish. They belong to a class of ray-finned fish, and comprise over 12,000 species found in almost all aquatic ecosystems. The order contains 18 suborders, about 160 families, which is the most of any order within the vertebrates.(1) Most perciforms are marine shore fishes, while about 2,000 species normally occur only in freshwater, and about 2,200 species occur in freshwater for at least part of their life history.(2)

Suborder Bembropoidei

Bembropidae

Bembropidae
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Subclass Normanichthyoidei

Normanichthyidae

Normanichthyidae
Barehead Scorpionfishes

Suborder Serranoidei

Anthidae

Anthidae
Fairy Bass
Epinephelidae

Epinephelidae
Groupers
Grammistidae

Grammistidae
Soapfish
Liopropomatidae

Liopropomatidae
Basslets
Serranidae

Serranidae
Sea Bass & Hamlets
Bichirs

Diploprionidae
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Suborder Percoidei

Niphonidae

Niphonidae
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Percidae

Percidae
Perches
Trachinidae

Trachinidae
Weeverfishes

Suborder Notothenioidei

Artedidraconidae

Artedidraconidae
Barbled Plunderfishes
Bathydraconidae

Bathydraconidae
Antarctic Dragonfishes
Bovichtidae

Bovichtidae
Thornfishes
Channichthyidae

Channichthyidae
Crocodile Icefishes
Eleginopsidae

Eleginopsidae
Patagonian Blenny
Harpagiferidae

Harpagiferidae
Spiny Plunderfishes
Nototheniidae

Nototheniidae
Cod Icefishes
Percophidae

Percophidae
Duckbills
Pseudaphritidae

Pseudaphritidae
Catadromous Icefishes

Suborder Scorpaenoidei

Apistidae

Apistidae
Wasp Scorpionfishes
Aploactinidae

Aploactinidae
Velvetfishes
Congiopodidae

Congiopodidae
Racehorses & Pigfishes
Eschmeyeridae

Eschmeyeridae
Cofishes
Gnathanacanthidae

Gnathanacanthidae
Red Velvetfish
Pataecidae

Pataecidae
Australian Prowfishes
Perryenidae

Perryenidae
Whitenose Pigfish
Scorpaenidae

Scorpaenidae
Scorpionfishes
Sebastidae

Sebastidae
Rockcods
Setarchidae

Setarchidae
Deep-sea Bristly Scorpionfishes
Synanceiidae

Synanceiidae
Stonefishes
Tetrarogidae

Tetrarogidae
Wasp Fishes
Zanclorhynchidae

Zanclorhynchidae
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Suborder Platycephaloidei - Flatheads

Bembridae

Bembridae
Deepwater Flatheads
Hoplichthyidae

Hoplichthyidae
Ghost Flatheads
Parabembridae

Parabembridae
Sprat-like Flatheads
Platycephalidae

Platycephalidae
Flatheads
Plectrogeniidae

Plectrogeniidae
Stinger Flatheads

Suborder Triglioidei

Peristediidae

Peristediidae
Armored Gurnards
Triglidae

Triglidae
Searobins
Suborder Cottoidei
Infraorder Anoplopomatales
Anoplopomatidae

Anoplopomatidae
Sablefishes
Infraorder Zoarcales
Anarhichadidae

Anarhichadidae
Wolffishes
Bathymasteridae

Bathymasteridae
Ronquils
Cryptacanthodidae

Cryptacanthodidae
Wrymouths
Eulophiidae

Eulophiidae
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Pholidae

Pholidae
Gunnels
Ptilichthyidae

Ptilichthyidae
Quillfish
Scytalinidae

Scytalinidae
Graveldivers
Stichaeidae

Stichaeidae
Pricklebacks
Zaproridae

Zaproridae
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Zoarcidae

Zoarcidae
Eelpouts

Suborder Gasterosteales

Aulorhynchidae

Aulorhynchidae
Tubesnouts
Gasterosteidae

Gasterosteidae
Sticklebacks
Hypoptychidae

Hypoptychidae
Sand Eels
Infraorder Zaniolepidoales
Zaniolepididae

Zaniolepididae
Combfish
Infraorder Hexagrammales
Hexagrammidae

Hexagrammidae
Greenlings
Infraorder Cottales
Abyssocottidae

Abyssocottidae
Deep-water Sculpins
Agonidae

Agonidae
Poachers
Bathylutichthyidae

Bathylutichthyidae
Antarctic Sculpins
Comephoridae

Comephoridae
Baikal Oilfishes
Cottocomephoridae

Cottocomephoridae
Bighead Sculpins
Cryptacanthodidae

Cyclopteridae
Lumpfishes
Ereuniidae

Ereuniidae
Deepwater Bullheads
Hemitripteridae

Hemitripteridae
Sea Ravens
Jordaniidae

Jordaniidae
Longfin Sculpin
Liparidae

Liparidae
Snailfishes
Psychrolutidae

Psychrolutidae
Fatheads
Rhamphocottidae

Rhamphocottidae
Grunt Sculpins
Scorpaenichthyidae

Scorpaenichthyidae
Cabezon
Trichodontidae

Trichodontidae
Sandfishes

References
(1) Nelson, J. S. (2006). Fishes of the World (4 ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
(2) Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).