|Beardfishes are a small family (1 genus, 10 species) of small to moderate-sized, oblong, laterally compressed marine fishes. Their most notable feature is the pair of long chin barbels found well behind the tip of the lower jaw, resembling a beard. They are found in deep waters (150-700 m or 500-2300 ft), but occasionally may wander into shallower waters. Very little is known about the family. They are considered good eating but are generally not a targeted fishery, more often being caught as bycatch in other fisheries.