Genus Hypoplectrodes

An endemic southern Hemisphere genus with eleven species, seven in Australian waters. 
Body moderately short and deep; head large, dorsal profile straight; eyes extending above dorsal profiles of head, interorbital space narrow; mouth reaching almost to below hind edge of eyes; band of villiform teeth in each jaw, both jaws with 2 moderately large, single or paired canines anteriorly, lower jaw with additional canine or pair of canines laterally; small teeth on vomer and palatines; opercle with 2 strong spines and 3rd smaller spine dorsally; preopercle strongly serrate along hind edge; scales coarsely ctenoid, covering head, but not snout, preorbitals and maxillae; dorsal fin with low central notch; caudal fin rather small, rounded; pectoral fins large, reaching anal-fin origin, rounded; pelvic fins small, tips rounded.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2018

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Hypoplectrodes in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Apr 2024,


Anderson, W.D. Jr & Heemstra, P.C. 1989. Ellerkeldia, a junior synonym of Hypoplectrodes, with redescriptions of the type species of the genera (Pisces: Serranidae: Anthiinae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 102(4): 1001-1017 

Roberts, C.D. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Families Polyprionidae, Serranidae and Callanthiidae. pp. 534-549 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast.Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.