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Genus: Bairdiella, Croakers


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body oblong
head cavernous, firm
mouth large, opens ~at front
lower teeth cónical, narrow band/1row
preopercle serrated + spines
A 8-10

BAIRDIELLA

CROAKERS

Body elongate, oblong, compressed; head narrow, cavernous but firm to touch; snout short, blunt; chin without barbels, with pores; mouth large (reaching to under rear edge of eye), a little oblique, opens at front; teeth conical, in narrow rows; top corner of gill opening notched; longest gill raker longer than ½ gill filament behind it; preopercle serrated, large spines at angle; dorsal fin deeply notched between spines and rays; anal fin II, 8-10;  tail fin bluntly rounded to bluntly angular; almost all scales rough; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A new world genus of 5 species, with 2 species (1 NW Atlantic and 1 SW Atlantic) present in our region.