Genus Omegophora

A temperate Australian genus with two species. Diagnotic characters include: body elongate, anteriorly bulky, rounded above and below; no ventrolateral skinfold; densely covered by small spines from mid-snout to caudal peduncle; lateral line usually faint, if apparent angled from top of head toward centre of caudal peduncle, without branches or 2nd lateral line; eye rather small, completely adnate, lower edge well above pectoral-fin base; chin not prominent; nostril with single small tentacle, slightly expanded distally; pectoral fin moderately small, somewhat bilobed. (Matsuura 2008)
Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Omegophora in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 May 2024,


Hardy, G.S. 1994. Family Tetraodontidae. pp. 902-912, figs 795-804 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.
Hardy, G.S. & Hutchins, J.B. 1981. On the validity of the pufferfish genus Omegophora Whitley (Tetraodontidae) with description of a new species. Records of the Western Australian Museum 9(2): 187-201 figs 1-3
Matsuura, K. 2008. Families Ostraciidae, Tetraodontidae. pp. 842-856 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.