Genus Sympterichthys

A genus of handfishes with the following combination of characters: body relatively deep, depth 37–47% SL at second dorsal-fin origin; head strongly compressed in cross section and elongate, length 46–55% SL; caudal peduncle short, 2–6% SL; illicium slender, short to moderate in length (2.1–3.0 in head length), usually 2–3 times length of esca when present; skin surface rough, almost completely covered with spiny scales but lacking wart-like protuberances and dermal appendages; scale bases embedded, irregular in shape; spinules simple and/or bifurcate, adpressed, directed posteriorly, originating at posterior margin of scale base, partly embedded, their tips protruding slightly above skin surface; sensory scales not strongly demarcated; body plain or weakly marbled, without a strong or vivid colour pattern; pectoral-fin rays 7–9; anal-fin rays 7–9; vertebrae 21–22.
Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Sympterichthys in Fishes of Australia, accessed 12 Dec 2019,


Last, P.R. & Gledhill, D.C. 2009. A revision of the Australian handfishes (Lophiiformes: Brachionichthyidae), with descriptions of three new genera and nine new species. Zootaxa 2252: 1-77.