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Genus: Eugerres, Mojarras

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body deep
D: 2nd spine > distance snout to rear edge eye
body striped
preopercle & bone under eye serrated
A: spines thick, 2nd spine > fin base



Body deep; the lower profile of the head distinctively concave; the mouth is highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; jaws appear toothless but have tiny, brush-like teeth; lower border of preopercle serrated; bone under front of eye with serrated border; teeth inside throat all pointed; one dorsal fin, IX spines, elevated at front, 2nd spine > distance between tip of snout and rear of eye; anal fin III, 8, 2nd spine > fin base, spines thick; pectoral fin long and pointed; tail fin deeply forked; scales large, conspicuous and finely rough, covering most of head and body; dorsal and anal fins fold into a high scaly sheath along their bases; body with dark stripes.

A neotropical genus with 8 species; represented in our area by 3 West Atlantic species.