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Genus: Lophiodes, Goosefishes, Angler-Fishes


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bony ridges on snout smooth
D III + II-III, 8; A 6; pectoral 14-21
gill opening extends before pectoral

LOPHIODES

ANGLER-FISHES, GOOSEFISHES

Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind; pair of ridges from top of eyes to snout smooth; bone behind eye with 1 spine; bone at rear joint of jaws with 1 spine before and 1 after the joint; mouth broad, with many long, sharp teeth; gill opening large, behind and extending in front of 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 (8 rays) behind, on rear of body; anal fin 6; pectoral fin 14-21.

A circumtropical genus with about 15 species. Three W Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.