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Genus: Histrio, Sargassum Fish


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skin smooth
pectoral not connected to body
pelvics long

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HISTRIO

SARGASSUM FISH

A globular somewhat compressed body; head not spiny; eyes on sides of head; a very large, upward directed mouth with many small teeth; a small round gill opening, below and behind pectoral base; dorsal rays I+I+I, 11-13; fishing pole half length of 2nd dorsal spine, lure oval, with numerous parallel folds, a cluster of short filaments at its base; 2nd dorsal spine narrow, straight to slightly curved, not connected to head by membrane; 3rd dorsal spine movable, connected to head by skin, with numerous papillae and appendages; limb-like pectoral fins with an "elbow" joint, that fin not connected to body; pelvic fins long (>25% of SL); with a tail base; all rays of tail fin branched; skin of body smooth, appears naked; body and fins with numerous skin flaps.

A circumtropical (except the eastern Pacific) genus with one species.