Genus Iniistius

Species of the genus Iniistius have highly compressed bodies, a notch separating the first two dorsal-fin spines from the rest of the fin, and a steep forehead with a firm knife-like anterior edge - enabling them to easily dive into the sand when threatened.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Iniistius in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024,


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