|Family||Scientific Name||Author||Year||Common Name|
|Dactyloscopidae||Dactyloscopus tridigitatus||Gill||1859||Sand Stargazer|
All Sand Stargzers – Eyes on top of head, often protrusible. Mouth moderate to large, oblique to vertical. Upper and/or lower lips with fimbriae. Opercular opening large, gill membrane free from isthmus. Opercles membranous, large, usually overlapping on underside of head, typically fringed above with 2 to 24 fleshy fimbriae. Pelvic fins under throat (insertion anterior to pectoral-fin base), with 1 spine and 3 thickened segmented rays.
Unique Characters: Expanded eyestalk long and slender. Body sand colored, back dotted with brown spots sometimes forming saddles.
Similar Species: Speckled Stargazer Dactyloscopus moorei. Expanded eyestalk not exceptionally long and slender. Body sand colored, dark evenly scattered speckles on back.