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Genus: Batrachoides, Toadfishes


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D1 III
operculum: 2 + 2 spines
glands on pectoral fin
no pore after pectoral base
small imbedded scales

BATRACHOIDES

TOADFISHES

Body elongate, depressed at front, compressed at rear; head broad, depressed; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; large molar teeth on both jaws, no canines; 2 solid spines on upper opercle and 2 more below and behind those; gill openings restricted to side, before pectoral fin base; dorsal fin with III solid spines, spiny and soft parts joined; dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail fin; discrete glands on inner surface of pectoral fin between bases of upper rays; glandular tissue but no pore just behind pectoral base; 2 lateral lines, no light organs; body covered with small imbedded scales.

A tropical genus of 9 species found in the east and west Atlantic; represented in our region by 2 endemics and 1 W Atlantic species.