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Genus: Lobotes, Tripletail, Tripletails

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oblong, compressed
3 "tails": C + large soft lobes of D & A
D XII, 15-16, no notch
preopercle strongly serrated



Body oval to oblong, somewhat compressed; top jaw slightly protrusible; no teeth on roof of mouth; preopercle strongly serrated; operculum with 2 flat, hidden spines; dorsal fin with XII strong spines, 15-16 soft rays, no notch between spiny and soft part; anal fin III, 11; soft dorsal and anal fins high, with rounded ends, reaching well past base of tail fin, giving appearance to symmetrical extra tails; pectorals shorter than pelvics; tail fin rounded, with 15 branched rays; scales moderate sized, rough, covering body and head except before and below eyes and jaws, bases of dorsal and anal fins scaled.

A circumtropical genus with 2 species; one Atlantic and Indo-central Pacific species in the Greater Caribbean.