A small whiptail genus characterized by having the following combination of characters: large, spaced, canine-like teeth in the lower jaw; the relatively large mouth; small scales that give a velvety feel to the surface; an almost vertical suborbital region lacking a sharp, coarsely scaled ridge; two large dermal windows (seen as naked fossae) of the light organ between the pelvic fins; scaly lower branchiostegal rays; numerous pyloric caeca (50-100); and usually a smooth spinous dorsal-fin ray in the first dorsal fin.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2018
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Bray, D.J. 2018, Malacocephalus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 03 Dec 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/genus/860
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