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Genus: Ophidion, Cusk-Eels

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snout spine: none/weak/long & sharp, points forwards
head scaleless
D < 150 rays
LL: most of body
pelvics: filaments under eyes
scales: elongate, in oblique rows



Elongate, compressed; head compressed; snout either without a spine or with a weak spine or a small, slender spine projecting towards tip of snout; front nostril halfway between top lip and rear nostril; operculum with a strong, skin covered spine at its upper corner; tail fin continuous with dorsal and anal; dorsal fin < 150 rays; pelvic fins (each with 2 thread-like rays of unequal length) inserted under or slightly before eye; scales smooth, elongate, not overlapping, at right angles rather than regular series, none on head; lateral line along most of body.

A tropical to temperate genus found in the Atlantic, W Indian Ocean and eastern Pacific, with 27 species, represented in the eastern Pacific by ~ 9 endemic species, with 7 of them endemic to our region.