Temperate Bass is in the Family Percichthyidae
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Moronidae, also known as the "temperate basses", is a family of perciform fish
Fish are a paraphyletic group of organisms that consist of all gill-bearing aquatic vertebrate animals that lack limbs with digits. Included in this definition are the living hagfish, lampreys, and cartilaginous and bony fish, as well as various extinct related groups...

 consisting of 6 freshwater and marine species. Similar to Acropomatidae
Acropomatidae, also known as the lanternbellies or the temperate ocean-basses, is a family of perciform fish consisting of 33 marine species. Members of Acropoma are notable for having light-emitting organs alongside their undersides...

, Moronidae fish are most commonly found near the coastal regions of eastern North America
North America
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 and Europe
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The fish generally grow to 50 in (127 cm) long, although some have been found to exceed 70 in (178 cm). They are highly prized as sport fish.

A typical species is Dicentrarchus labrax (European seabass).
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