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Genus: Phenacoscorpius, Scorpionfishes


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no pit behind eyes
D XII, 9
LL = front 4-5 pores only
ridge under eye: 5-6 spines
preoperculum - 1st spine largest
pectoral - center rays longest, 15-17, upper rays branched
scales rough

PHENACOSCORPIUS

SCORPIONFISHES

Head very bony, with strong spines; no pit on top of head behind eyes; ridge under eye with 5-6 spines: roof of mouth with teeth on sides but not at front; 1st (top) preopercular spine the largest; dorsal fin XII, 9; anal fin III, 5; pectoral 15-17, with upper rays branched in adult, central rays longest, lower rays with tips extending beyond fin membrane; scales rough; lateral line incomplete, with only 4-5 pored scales at front; lateral line with tubes on scales.

A circumglobal tropical to subtropical genus with 5 species; one endemic species in our area.