A monotypic latrid genus with the following combination of characters: Dorsal-fin elements XVII–XIX, 25–28; anal-fin elements III, 9–10; pectoral-fin rays 14 with ventral 5 or 6 thickened and unbranched; fifth pectoral-fin ray longest, extending past anal-fin origin; lateral line scales 63–69; scales cycloid; scaly sheath present at base of dorsal and anal fins; sheath is taller under soft portions of the dorsal-fin than under spinous portions. Dorsal-fin spines increasing in length to fifth, then decreasing slightly thereafter. Body compressed and ovoid with a steep head angle; fleshy, large lips present; two pairs of bony processes—one pair on frontal bones medial to orbit and the other pair superior to the maxilla. Body has a unique coloration for the family, with two wide, vertical dark bars intersecting the anal and pelvic fins, and a narrower dark bar intersecting the eye; caudal fin color is a reddish-brown.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019
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Bray, D.J. 2019, Pseudogoniistius in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Sep 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/genus/1797
Ludt, W.B., Burridge, C.P. & Chakrabarty, P. 2019. A taxonomic revision of Cheilodactylidae and Latridae (Centrarchiformes: Cirrhitoidei) using morphological and genomic characters. Zootaxa 4585 (1): 121–141, https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4585.1.7