Deepwater cardinalfishes are perciform fishes in the family Epigonidae.
They are small fishes: the largest, Epigonus telescopus, reaches 75Â cm (30Â in) in length, and most grow to no more than 20Â cm (7.9Â in) or so.
They are found in temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world. They are bathydemersal fishes (inhabiting deep waters close to the sea bed) and have been found at depths of 3,000Â m (9,800Â ft).
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