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Genus: Menticirrhus, King Croakers, Kingfish Croaker

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elongate, rounded, lower profile straight
snout long, conical, overhanging
chin: 1 thick, pored barbel
A: I (weak)



Body elongate, rounded in cross-section, belly flat; head long, low; snout ~ conical, projecting beyond horizontal mouth, with slits and pores above mouth; short thick barbel on chin with a pore at its point and several more at its base; preopercle smooth to weakly serrated; gill rakers short; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal X-XIII flexible spines, 19-27 rays; anal fin with short base, I weak spine, 7-9 rays; scales small, rough; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A new world, tropical to temperate genus with nine species; represented in our area by 3 species, 2 W Atlantic and 1 NW Atlantic.