Shorefishes of the Greater Caribbean online information system

EspaƱol  Contact

Genus: Lophius, Goosefishes, Angler-Fishes


All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

bony ridge on snout rough & spiny
D III + III, 9-12; A 8-11; pectoral 22-28
gill opening all behind pectoral

LOPHIUS

ANGLER-FISHES, GOOSEFISHES

Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind; ridge from top of eye to snout rough, with knobs, spines or ridges; bone behind eye with 2-3 spines; mouth broad, with many long, sharp teeth; gill opening large, opens entirely behind pectoral base; dorsal fin consists of III isolated spines on head (1st spine acts as a fishing pole, with a lure), several spines joined by membrane above pectoral fin and a soft fin (9-12 rays) behind, on rear of body; anal fin 8-11; pectoral fin 22-28.

A circumtropical genus with about 7 species. Two NW Atlantic species enter shallow water in the northern fringe of the Greater Caribbean.