Family: SETARCHIDAE, Bristly Scorpionfish, Deepsea Bristly Scorpionfish, Deepsea Bristly Scorpionfishes
DEEPSEA BRISTLY SCORPIONFISHES, DEEPSEA BRISTLY SCORPIONFISH
The head is weakly ossified, cavernous, with poorly developed spines; teeth on both jaws, center and sides of roof of mouth, and in pharynx; developed gill rakers 10-15; a small slit behind he 4th gill arch; body without fleshy appendages; D X-XII + I,9-11 (last double); A II-III, 4-6 (last double); pectoral 18-25, 2-18 branched; lateral-line a continuous trough covered with thin membranous scales; scales small, smooth
A circumglobal family with 4 genera and 10 species; two genera and 2 species in the Greater Caribbean.
PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER POSS (2002)