Common name: Pygmy Stargazers, Sand Stargazers, Sandfishes, Southern Sandfishes, Surf Sandfishes


Small sand dwelling fishes with an elongate body, a broad blunt head, small dorsally-placed eyes and a wide mouth, with both jaws fringed with cirrii; a single long-based dorsal fin and similar but slightly longer anal fin originating ahead of the dorsal fin.

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Dianne J. Bray, Southern Sandfishes, LEPTOSCOPIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 May 2024,


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