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Genus: Paralonchurus, Croaker, Croakers

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elongate, rounded
head low, mouth under snout
D 28-31
C angular point
barbels: chin - 3 pr, lower jaw - 1 row 8-22
preopercle weakly serrate
A: II (small)



Body elongate, rounded; back narrow; head low, broad, blunt; eye small; mouth opens below snout, almost horizontal; chin with 5 pores, 3 pairs of barbels, and lower jaw with row of 8-22 slender barbels along inside; top lip notched; gill rakers small; preopercle smooth or finely serrated; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal fin with deep notch separating spiny and soft parts, IX-X slender spines, soft part long and low, 28-31 rays; anal small, with II small spines, 7-9 rays; tail fin with a blunt point; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A new world, tropical to warm temperate genus with 7 species; in our region there are 2 mainly South American species.