Genus Polymetme

Worldwide genus with 6 species, 3 off Australia. Body elongate and compressed; eye of moderate size, diameter about equal to snout length; mouth large, oblique, maxillary almost to rear edge of preopercle, premaxillary about half as long as toothed edge of maxillary; 2 rows of small canines at front of upper jaw and one row posteriorly; lower jaw with 2 rows of teeth, outer row larger; vomer and palatine with few teeth; scales cycloid, weakly attached; dorsal adipose fin present; anal fin long, origin below rear of dorsal fin.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Polymetme in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Feb 2020,


Harold, A.S. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Phosichthyidae Lightfishes, pp. 235-239 in  in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.