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Genus: Ctenosciaena, Drums

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head large, eye large
mouth oblique
chin: 1 thin flexible poreless barbel
preopercle membranous
A II, weak



Body oblong, compressed; head large; eye large; snout short, pointed; mouth moderately large, opens slightly under snout, slightly oblique; chin with small central, thin, flexible, pore-less barbel, 2 pairs of pores beside barbel; preopercle smooth to finely serrated, membranous; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal fin with spiny part high, deep notch between 2 parts; anal fin with II weak spines; tail with a blunt angular point; scales large, rough on body, smooth on head; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A new world tropical to temperate genus with 2 species; 1 SW Atlantic species in our region.