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Genus: Ectreposebastes, Scorpionfish


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head bones weak, translucent
no pit behind eyes
ridge under eye: 1 tiny spine
pectoral 18-20
scales smooth, tiny, not in rows
LL in membranous groove

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ECTREPOSEBASTES

SCORPIONFISH

Body relatively deep, soft and flabby; head relatively large, its bone relatively weak, translucent, cavernous; no pit on top of head behind eyes; head spines poorly developed;  horizontal ridge under eye with 1st spine tiny, next 2 much larger; eye medium size; numerous small conical teeth on jaws; teeth present on sides roof of mouth; preopercular margin with 5 spines, 2nd spine longest; a small slit behind 4th gill arch; a single dorsal fin, strongly notched at the rear of the spiny part, XII strong, venomous spines, 9-10 soft rays; anal fin III, 6.5; pelvics I, 5, under pectorals; pectorals large, 18-20; tail fin round; lateral line complete, a continuous groove covered by thin membraneous scales; scales smooth, tiny, not in definite rows, ~100 vertical rows above lateral line; top of head with scales; swim bladder rudimentary or absent.

A circumtropical genus with 2 species; 1 pantropical species in the Greater Caribbean.