Porichthys plectrodon

Porichthys plectrodon
Atlantic Midshipman – Porichthys plectrodon
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
BatrachoididaePorichthys plectrodonJordan and Gilbert1882Atlantic Midshipman

Porichthys plectrodon

Unique Characters: Silvery to gold on sides with dark spots/blotches dorsally. Canine-like teeth and photophores present on head and lateral line. Dorsal-fin spines 2 and small; subopercular spines absent. Body scaleless. No axillary pore behind pectoral fins.

Similar Species: Oyster Toadfish Opsanus tau. Body brownish, variably blotched with darker brown. Fins banded. Canine-like teeth and photophores absent. Dorsal-fin spines 3; 1 subopercular spine present. Body scaleless. Axillary pore behind pectoral fins present.

Opsanus tau
Oyster Toadfish – Opsanus tau