Variegated lizardfish

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Variegated lizardfish
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Aulopiformes
Family: Synodontidae
Genus: Synodus
Species: S. variegatus
Binomial name
Synodus variegatus
(Lacépède, 1803)

Synodus englemani
L. P. Schultz, 1953

The variegated lizardfish (Synodus variegatus) is a lizardfish of the family Synodontidae found in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans, at depths from 4 to 90 m. It can reach a maximum length of 40 cm.[1]

The variegated lizardfish is rounded in cross-section with a broad, moderately flattened head and a large, wide mouth. The jaws protrude equally. Both jaws and all the mouth bones are covered with conical, barbed teeth. The strong, thick pelvic fins serve as props when the fish is resting on the bottom waiting for prey.

The variegated lizardfish varies in color from grey to red[citation needed], with hourglass-shaped markings.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Synodus variegatus" in FishBase. January 2007 version.

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