Genus Leptoichthys


Summary:

A monotypic genus endemic to southern Australia. Body very elongate, trunk shallow; head aligned with body; snout long, compressed laterally; longitudinal opercular ridge absent in adults, usually crossing anterior half of opercle in young; STR and STAR discontinuous near rear of dorsal‑fin base; ITR and ITAR continuous; LTR not confluent with tail ridges; eggs brooded on open undersurface of trunk; tail not prehensile; dorsal fin much closer to tip of tail than head with base of moderate length; anal fin very small, below centre of dorsal fin; caudal fin more or less lanceolate, very long in undamaged individuals; adult females with median longitudinal fleshy fin‑fold under tail; pectoral fins present.

Author: Martin F. Gomon & Dianne J. Bray

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Martin F. Gomon & Dianne J. Bray, Leptoichthys in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Jun 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/genus/797

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