Genus Pseudopataecus


Species in the genus Pseudopataecus have a greatly compressed head and body, a large number of dorsal and anal-fin ray elements, the frontal part of the cranium with laterally-bowed ridges forming a shallow fleshy depression, and the first dorsal-fin spine arising far forward on the head just before the eyes.

The genus comprises two species, both endemic to Australia.

Author: Bray, D.J. 2017

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Pseudopataecus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 31 Mar 2020,


Johnson, J.W. 2004. Two new species and two new records of aploactinid fishes (Pisces: Scorpaeniformes) from Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 56(2): 179-188. DOI: 10.3853/j.0067-1975.56.2004.1421 PDF available Open access

Johnson, J.W. 2012. Pseudopataecus carnatobarbatus, a new species of velvetfish (Teleostei:  Scorpaeniformes: Aploactinidae) from the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Zootaxa 3245: 54–62.