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Pteroidichthys

Summary
Pteroidichthys is a genus of marine ray-finned fish belonging to the family Scorpaenidae, the scorpionfishes. The scorpionfishes in this genus are distributed in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Taxonomy Pteroidichthys was first described as a genus in 1856 by the Dutch herpetologist, ichthyologist and physician Pieter Bleeker when he described Pteroidichthys amboinensis and he placed it in a monotypic genus. The genus name is a compound of pteroides which means "similar to Pterois", and ichthys meaning "fish". Bleeker thought that this taxon was close to the lionfishes but was distinguished by, among other features, the lack of head spines. Species There are currently 4 recognized species in this genus:
  • Pteroidichthys acutus Motomura & Kanade, 2015 (Longsnout weedy scorpionfish)
  • Pteroidichthys amboinensis Bleeker, 1856 (Ambon scorpionfish)
  • Pteroidichthys caussei Motomura & Kanade, 2015 (Causse's scorpionfish)
  • Ptero
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