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Genus: Lophiodes, Angler-Fishes, Goosefishes

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head: flat, wide, spiny
D: II-III isolated spines (1st = fish pole) then I-III spines in fin
large sharp teeth
large gill opening behind pectoral



Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind; ridge from top of eye to snout smooth; bone behind eye with 1 spine; 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. Two are endemic to the tropical eastern Pacific, both of which occur in shallow water.