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Genus: Bathygobius, Frillfins


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body robust
head broad, depressed, with pores
D1 VI
C rounded
pectoral: upper 3-5 rays = free filaments
pelvics in disc
body & nape; large, rough scales

BATHYGOBIUS

FRILLFINS

Body robust; head broad, depressed, with pores; snout bluntly rounded; eyes large, close together; mouth moderate sized, relatively horizontal; tongue with distinct notch in front; jaw teeth in bands, without canines; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI + I, 8-10 rays; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal I, 8-9 rays; pelvic fins fused into a disc; tail round; pectoral with upper 3-5 rays free as silky threads; scales large, rough, 31-43 on mid-side, present on midline of nape; no lateral line.

A pantropical genus with 29 species; six species occur in our area, 1 pan-Atlantic, 2 W Atlantic, 3 apparently endemic.