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Genus: Opsanus, Toadfishes


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D1: III
opercular spines 2 + 1
glands on pectoral fin
pore after pectoral base
no scales

OPSANUS

TOADFISHES

Head and front of body moderately depressed; head with many barbells, especially around lower jaw; 2 solid spines on upper opercle and 1 below those; teeth molar-like to pointed, but no canines; gill openings restricted to side, before pectoral fin base; dorsal fin with III solid spines, spiny and soft parts joined, soft part 23-27 rays; anal fin 19-23 rays; dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail fin; discrete glands between upper pectoral rays on inner surface of fin; a pore opening to surface at rear of base of pectoral fin; 2 lateral lines, no light organs; no scales.

A NW Atlantic genus with 5 species; 1 NW Atlantic and 4 endemics in the Greater Caribbean.