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Genus: Astroscopus, Stargazers


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eyes small
D IV
behind operculum: spine blunt, skin covered
body scaly

ASTROSCOPUS

STARGAZERS

Body robust; head large, flattened above, partly covered with skin; eyes small, on top of head; a pair of electric organs under 2 triangular to square scaleless areas behind eyes; front nostril round, before eye, rear nostril with crescent shaped groove, both nostrils with fringed margins; mouth large, nearly vertical, fringed; spine behind upper corner of operculum blunt and skin covered; 2 close-together dorsal fins, 1st with IV sharp spines; anal fin without spines; body covered with scales.

A new world tropical to temperate genus with 4 species; 1 NW Atlantic and 1 W Atlantic species in our region.