Genus Matsubarichthys

A monotypic genus named in honour of the late Professor Kiyomatsu Matsubara, in recognition of his pioneering and inspiring research on scorpaenoid fishes.
Matsubarichthys differs from other scorpaenoids by its unique dorsal-fin formula (II, IV, 6) and vertebral formula (9 + 12 = 21), both with fewer elements than previously reported for a scorpaenoid; a low anal fin-ray count (11,4); a pelvic fin-ray count of 1,1; and the gill opening restricted to a pore dorsal to the opercle. 
Author: Bray, D.J. 2017

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Matsubarichthys in Fishes of Australia, accessed 03 Dec 2023,


Poss, S.G. & Johnson, G.D. 1991. Matsubarichthys inusitatus, a new genus and species of velvetfish (Scorpaeniformes: Aploactinidae) from the Great Barrier Reef. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 104(3): 468-473.