Genus Malthopsis


Malthopsis is genus of relatively small deep-water batfishes with a depressed triangular-shaped body covered in large spiny cone-shaped scales or bucklers. Species have large subopercular spines, the cranium somewhat elevated above the body disc, a very small conical rostrum and a small mouth. The esca (fishing lure) is a small bulb. Tiny tubercles cover the tough skin between the bucklers and there is no membrane between the arm-like pectorral-fin bases and the body.

Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Malthopsis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Nov 2020,


Ho, H.-C. & K.-T. Shao. 2010. Redescription of Malthopsis lutea Alcock, 1891 and resurrection of M. kobayashi Tanaka, 1916 (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Journal of the National Taiwan Museum 63(3): 1-18.