Genus: Peristedion, Amoured Sea-Robins, Armoured-Gurnards
AMOURED SEA-ROBINS, ARMOURED-GURNARDS
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.