Benthocometes has the following combination of unique features: body robust, head short, stubby, mouth terminal; eye diameter greater than, or equal to snout length; operculum with two posteriorly-directed spines; few long gill rakers on the anterior gill arch (3-12); many pseudobranchial filaments (6-8).
The genus comprises two species, with one found in the Atlantic Ocean, and the other, Benthocometes australiensis, known only from a single specimen collected off northwestern Australia in 2007.
Nielsen, J.G. 2010. Revision of the bathyal fish genus Benthocometes (Teleostei: Ophidiidae) with a new species from off NW Australia. Zootaxa 2561: 59-68.