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Genus: Odontoscion, Croakers, Reef Croaker

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

eye large
mouth oblique
front lower jaw: 1 pr canines
preopercle: smooth
19-25 gill rakers
A: II (2nd robust, 4/5 1st ray), 8-9



Body short, oblong, moderately compressed; head low, snout conical; eye large; tip of lower jaw with slight knob; mouth fairly large, slightly oblique, lower jaw projecting; both jaws with row of large teeth; front of lower jaw with or without 1 pair of canine teeth; snout with 8 pores; chin with 4-5 pores, no chin barbels; 19-26 long and stiff gill rakers; preopercle smooth; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal rays XI-XII+I, 23-26; anal rays II, 8-9, 2nd spine ~3/4 1st ray; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A new world tropical genus with 3 species, 1 W Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.