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  • head & body compressed
    pores: preopercle 2-3, 0 between front eyes
    D1 VII, often long; D2 14-18
    C: long, oval or pointed
    mouth large, ~vertical
    pelvics form disc
    scales small, only behind pectoral
    head scaleless
  • D1 v long, filamentous
    C long, pointed, scalloped above
    sexes: same form & color
    gill rakers: short, stubby above, long & thin below
    pelvics in disc
  • head & body compressed
    head pores present
    D1 VII, often very long
    C very long, pointed
    mouth large, very oblique
    front roof mouth - no teeth
    pelvics form disc
    scales large, rough, body & head
  • head flattened, with pores & papillae
    D1 VII
    C: long, oval or pointed
    mouth long, oblique at front, horizontal at rear
    pelvics form disc
    scales smooth, large, behind pectoral