Genus Maxillicosta

A genus of small scopaenoid fishes with 6 species found in the south-west Pacific. Species have an expanded posterior surface of the maxillary and the underside of the dentary has several distinct longitudinal ridges. The maxillary, interorbital and occipital regions lack scales, the pectoral fin contains 20–27 rays, and species lack a swim bladder.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2018

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Maxillicosta in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024,


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Motomura, H., Last, P.R. & Gomon, M.F. 2006. A new species of the scorpionfish genus Maxillicosta from the southeast coast of Australia, with a redescription of M. whitleyi (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae). Copeia 2006(3): 445-459