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Genus: Macrodon, King Weakfish Croaker, Weakfishes

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

mouth large, oblique
front both jaws: large, arrowhead canines
preoperculum soft, weakly toothed
A II (short, weak), 8-9





Body elongate, compressed; eye moderately large; mouth oblique, large, lower jaw projecting; chin without pores, no barbells; snout with 2 marginal pores; teeth large, pointed, with large canines at front, those on top jaw strongly curved, with arrow-head tips; preopercle edge smooth; top corner of gill opening notched; anal fin with short base, short weak spines, 8-9 soft rays; edge of tail fin S shaped; scales small, smooth; soft dorsal and anal entirely scaled; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A neotropical genus with 3 species; one SW Atlantic species enters our region.