Genus Halieutopsis

A deepwater batfish genus with at least 16 species. Inhabits temperate to tropical areas on continental shelves, slopes, and in deeper waters of the Indo-Pacific at depths of about 100-4020 m.
Diagnosis. Gill filaments absent from first and fourth gill arches; teeth usually present on fifth ceratobranchial, in two small and well-separated patches. Illicial bone relatively simple and spine-like, lacking foramina in base; esca usually bearing two large lateral lobes (except for H. simula), and a dorsal median lobe usually provided with cirri or skin flaps. Pectoral pedicels broadly attached to body wall. Lateral line interrupted, with tail series running ventrally and extending anteriorly to or beyond anus, 1–6 neuromasts on either side of anus (ventral series) (Ho 2022).
Author: Bray, D.J. 2022

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Halieutopsis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Apr 2024,


Ho, H.-C. 2022. Taxonomy and distribution of the deep-sea batfish genus Halieutopsis (Teleostei: Ogcocephalidae), with descriptions of five new species. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 10(1): 1-64.