Lophius americanus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LophiidaeLophius americanusValenciennes1837Goosefish

Lophius americanus

Unique Characters: Gill opening not extending in front of pectoral fin. Bony ridge on snout rugose, Soft dorsal-fin rays 11 or 12; anal-fin rays 8-11; pectoral-fin rays 25-28. Underturned posterior margin of pectoral fin not black, distal portion of ventral surface of pectoral fin changing abruptly from pale color to dark brown or grey.

Similar Species: Blackfin Goosefish Lophius gastrophysus. Gill opening not extending in front of pectoral fin. Bony ridge on snout rugose, Soft dorsal-fin rays 9 or 10; anal-fin rays 8-11; pectoral-fin rays 22-26. Underturned posterior margin of pectoral fin black, distal portion of ventral surface of pectoral fin turning gradually darker.

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