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Genus: Amphichthys, Toadfishes


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large tentacle over eye
D1 III
operculum - 2 + 1 spines
no glands on pectoral fin
no pore after pectoral base
no scales

AMPHICHTHYS

TOADFISHES

Head and front of body greatly depressed; head with many barbells, especially around lower jaw; a prominent branched tentacle over eye; teeth molar-like to pointed, but no canines; 2 solid spines on upper opercle and 1 below those; gill openings restricted to side, before pectoral fin base; dorsal fin with III solid spines, spiny and soft parts joined, soft part 29 rays; anal fin 23-25 rays; dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail fin; no glands between upper pectoral rays on inner surface of fin; a gland but no pore opening to surface at rear of base of pectoral fin; 2 lateral lines, no light organs; no scales

A W Atlantic genus with 1 species, which occurs in our area.