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Genus: Elagatis, Rainbow Runners


All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

elongate, spindle shaped
snout pointed, mouth small
D1 VI
base D2 >> A base
D & A: 1 finlet behind
pectoral < head
LL: no scutes

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ELAGATIS

RAINBOW RUNNERS

Body elongate, fusiform; snout pointed; mouth small, ends well before eye; dorsal fin VII; base of second dorsal much longer than base of anal fin; a single 2-rayed finlet behind dorsal and anal fins; pectoral short, < head length; tail base slender; tail strongly forked; tail base notched above and below; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.

The genus contains a single, circumtropical species.