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Genus: Peristedion, Amoured Sea-Robins, Armoured-Gurnards

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

head - large, bony, spiny
snout - 2 long bony plates
body armor - 4 rows scutes
barbels under chin
pectoral - 2 long free rays + fin



Head and body flattened below and completely covered in a heavy armor of bony plates and spines; snout extended in a bony two-pointed rostrum; barbels below the lower jaw; no large spines on the preoperculum; dorsal fin divided into spiny and soft parts, VII-VIII + 18-20; pectoral fin with main fin (11-13) + 2 free rays below; anal fin without spines, 20-23; pelvic fins are wide apart, below base of pectorals, with I, 5 rays.

With about 25 species, this genus occurs on both sides of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Indo-west Pacific and eastern Pacific. In our area there are four endemic species.