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The stomiatids include many soft-rayed fishes of the mid-depths, of most diverse appearance, all of them with well developed luminescent organs, with large eyes, large mouths, and teeth in both jaws. Some have and others lack the adipose fin, but the ventrals are inserted more than one-third of the way back on the abdomen in all of them. They differ from the herrings and salmons in the structure of the skull. Four species have been taken in our Gulf, as strays from offshore.