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Genus: Kathetostoma, Stargazers


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D no spines
chin - no bony converging ridges
behind operculum: 1 large, sharp spine
body scaleless

KATHETOSTOMA

STARGAZERS

Body short, thick, tapering to rear; head large, square, top horizontal, some of bones with spines; eye large, on top of head; mouth large, vertical, lips with fringe of papillae; chin without converging bony ridges; preopercle with 3 spines on its lower corner; a large venomous spine at upper edge of operculum; dorsal fin without spines; anal fin without spines; no scales.

A tropical to warm temperate genus with 7 species, occurring in the west Atlantic, eastern Pacific, eastern Indian Ocean and southwest Pacific. In our region there are two endemic species.