Genus Pontinus

A genus of scorpionfishes with the following characteristics: Dorsal-fin rays XII, 9-10; anal-fin rays normally III, 5 (last ray double); pectoral-fin rays 15-20, all unbranched. Swimbladder present. Vertebrae 24. Body scales ctenoid; cheek, postorbital area and top of head scaly. No occipital pit. Vomerine and palatine teeth present. Preorbital bone with 2 spines over maxillary. Suborbital ridge usually with 3-4 spines, first on preorbital bone often absent. Supplemental preopercular spine present. First preopercular spine longest, second often absent, 3rd and 4th present, 5th present or absent.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Pontinus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 08 Mar 2021,


Eschmeyer, W.N. 1983. A new species of the fish genus Pontinus(Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) from off Natal, South Africa. The J.L.B Smith Institute of Ichthyology Special Publication No. 28: 1-4. access