||Melamphaidae (Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
| Max. size:
||4.95 cm SL (male/unsexed)
benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 2000 m
||Pacific Ocean: eastern and central parts of the Pacific Ocean.
Dorsal spines (total): 2-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8-10; Vertebrae: 28-29. The species has a spinulated posterior
and lower margins of praeoperculum, posterior margin of the praeoperculum is usualy unspinulated or in a small number of fish there can be one spinule; insertion of ventral fins is in front of the vertical of the posterior margin of pectoral fin insertion; upper jaw in most fish does not reach the vertical of the posterior eye margin; usually 3 (seldom 2) spiny and 10–12 soft rays in dorsal fin; 8–10 soft rays in anal fin; 23–25 rakers at the first branchial arch; vertebrae 28–29; and pyloric caeca 4–6.
||Specimens seined with unclosing fishing gear (Ref. 84090).
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