Genus: Paralabrax, Sand Bass Grouper, Sand-Basses, Rock-Basses
D X, 13-14, some front spines elongate
rear top jawbone - no scales
gill rakers 21
Body elongate, compressed; head pointed; mouth large; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; teeth fixed; roof of mouth with teeth on sides and center; gill rakers 21; preopercle finely serrated; dorsal X, 13-14, front spines elongate; pectoral 13-18; pelvics inserted under or slightly behind pectoral base; tail rounded to concave, 13-15 branched rays; scales small, rough, 55-63 on lateral line; rear of top jawbone without scales.
A new world tropical to temperate genus with 9 species; one W Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.