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Genus: Diplectrum, Sea-Basses, Sandperches


All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

elongate
D X, 11-13
C concave/forked
teeth fixed
angle preoperclum: large spiny spur
A 6-8

DIPLECTRUM

SANDPERCHES, SEA-BASSES

Body elongate, moderately compressed; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed; teeth fixed, not movable; lower corner of preopercle with bony spur supporting 1-2 groups of large spines; dorsal fairly low, X, 11-13; anal III, 6-8;  tail concave to forked; pelvics inserted under or a little before pectorals; lateral line complete; scales moderately small, rough; snout and between eyes scaleless.

A neotropical genus of 12 species; 3 W Atlantic species in our area.