Genus Halicmetus

Deep-sea batfshes with the following characteristics: head strongly depressed; anterior margin of disk truncate to broadly rounded; rostrum extending anteriorly to or slightly beyond mouth and anterior margin of disk; mouth small; dorsal fin present or absent, if present, minute in size; entire body covered with small bucklers and small dermal tubercles; subopercular buckler moderately developed, usually bearing some short terminal spinules; gill filaments present on 2nd and 3rd gill arches, absent from fourth gill arch; gill rakers present on first to third gill arches; 3–4 gill rakers on outer side of 2nd gill arch; esca triangular and bulbous, fringed on its lower margin and usually bearing a pair of dorsal cirri; teeth on vomer and palate forming three closely adjacent quadrangular patches; tongue teeth (5th ceratobranchial) in two closely attached elongated patches.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Halicmetus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024,


Ho, H.-C. & Last, P.R. 2018. Review of the batfish genus Halicmetus Alcock, 1891 from Australian waters, with descriptions of two new species (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Zootaxa 4508(2): 179-196. DOI: