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Centropomidae (Ambassidae; perchlet, snook; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes) A family of basically marine fish, but with representatives living in brackish or freshwater, with a wide range in size. All tend to have two separate dorsal fins, strong spines in the first dorsal and anal fins, and a lateral line extending on to the tail. The smaller species have large eyes and a forked tail. There are about 30 species.