Genus Rhombosolea

Amtemperate Australian and New Zealand genus with four species, only one in Australia. 
Characters: snout slightly extended into a fleshy process projecting more or less in front of the mouth in adults; eyes separated by a moderately narrow space; mouth extending to below anterior edge of lower eye; teeth small, narrow band on blind side in each jaw; scales very small, rather firmly attached, cycloid on both sides of body, covering head except well anteriorly; lateral line on both sides with a slight dorsal curve above pectoral fins, extending well onto head and splitting into two branches; dorsal fin arising somewhat above tip of snout, first few rays joined by membranes only at base; caudal fin rather truncate; right pectoral fin slightly longer than left, first ray of left fin without a swollen tip; pelvic fin on eyed side with an elongate base, originating at anterior extent of chest, connected by membrane to anal fin, blind side fin usually absent.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2018

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Rhombosolea in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024,


Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Rhombosoleidae. pp. 810-816 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.