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Emmelichthyidae (bonnetfish, redbait; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes) A family of marine fish that have a slender body, a large and oblique mouth, toothless jaws, a deeply notched dorsal fin, and a forked tail fin. Several species are of some commercial importance. There are at least 17 species, distributed world-wide in tropical to temperate waters.