Genus Cocotropus

A poorly known group of small cryptic velvetfishes, that often shelter in crevices, beneath coral rubble, or coral-lined algal areas on coral or rocky reefs.Species have the following combination of characters: gill membranes free from the isthmus; anus slightly anterior to anal-fin origin, dorsal fin continuous, presence of a fleshy extension to the isthmus, parallel interorbital ridges, a continuous dorsal fin, velvety scales, and pelvic fins I, 3 (Poss, 1999; Johnson 2004). 
Author: Bray, D.J. 2020

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Cocotropus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 10 Dec 2023,


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 

Poss, S.G. 1999. Families Scorpaenidae, Caracanthidae, Aploactinidae. pp. 2291-2358 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.