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Genus: Oligoplites, Leatherjacks


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elongate, very compressed
D1 IV free spines
D & A: 11-15 semi-separated finlets behind
LL: no scutes
scales like needles

OLIGOPLITES

LEATHERJACKS

Elongate, fusiform, very compressed; snout pointed; dorsal fin with V free spines;

anal fin base about = to that of soft dorsal fin; 11-15 incompletely separated finlets behind dorsal and anal fins; pectoral short (< head length); tail base slender; tail strongly forked; scales needle shaped, partly buried; no scutes on lateral line.

A neotropical genus with 6 species in our region, 2 W Atlantic and the W Atlantic subspecies of 1 neotropical species in our area.