Genus Ophiclinops


An endemic Australian genus with three species restricted to the south coast. Body shallow (10‑14% SL), very elongate, compressed, gradually tapering to shallow caudal peduncle; head, eye and mouth small, gape nearly horizontal;  scales tiny, not overlapping; lateral line comprising 2 or 3 pores behind upper part of opercle, followed by series of pit‑like depressions; dorsal and anal fins continuous with very elongate bases and fairly uniform heights, both broadly joined by membrane to caudal fin; dorsal arising slightly behind and above opercular edge;  caudal fin pointed; pectoral fins tiny, length less than eye diameter. 

Author: Douglass F. Hoese

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Douglass F. Hoese, Ophiclinops in Fishes of Australia, accessed 10 Dec 2023,