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Genus: Selene, Moonfishes, Lookdowns


All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

body v deep, v compressed
head profile very steep
D IX
D & A: no finlets behind
pelvics very small
straight LL: small scutes
juvenile: D spines filamentous

SELENE

LOOKDOWNS, MOONFISHES

Body deep, extremely compressed; head profile very steep; dorsal fin IX, spines short, with at least last one isolated; front spines of dorsal fin and pelvic fins elongate in juveniles; pelvic fins very small; no isolated finlets after 2nd dorsal and anal fins; pectoral long, curved; tail base slender; tail strongly forked; straight part of lateral line with poorly developed, small scutes (hard spiny scales); scales very small, imbedded in skin, body appears scaleless.

The genus contains 9 species, occurs on both side of the Atlantic as well as our region; 3 W Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.