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Genus: Johnsonina, Bullseye Spikefish, Spikefish

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back - large ocellus
teeth: 1 row
pelvis flat, wide between spines, long, tapering





Body deep, slightly compressed; eye large; mouth small, opens at front; teeth conical, 1 series on each jaw; gill opening a short vertical slit before pectoral base; dorsal fin origin over top corner of gill opening;  VI dorsal spines, the first long and strong, decreasing in size to rear, spines can be locked upright; fin rays branched; pelvic fin with a large spine and 1 inconspicuous ray; ventral surface of scale-covered part of pelvis flat, long and tapering, wide at front between pelvic spines; skin thick, rough, covered with numerous small scales, each with tiny spines; color pattern with a large ocellus on side of back.

A genus with 1, Greater Caribbean species.