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Genus: Bregmaceros, Codlet, Codlets

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1 long D spine on head
D & A; long base, high front, low center
pelvics: with 3 very long rays



Elongate body; top half of small eye with transparent membrane; mouth opens at front; jaws with 1-2 series of minute, slender, movable teeth, similar teeth at from of roof of mouth, no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; 1st dorsal fin a single long dorsal fin ray on head, well before 2nd dorsal, that folds into a groove when depressed; 2nd dorsal fin with long base, lower; anal fin similar to and directly under 2nd dorsal fin; pectorals short, high on sides; pelvic fins on throat under operculum, inner 3-4 rays branched and short, outer 3 rays free, very long, fit into groove along abdomen and side of anal fin; scales thin, small, smooth; lateral line high on back along each side of dorsal fin base.

A circumtropical genus with 11 species; 2 trans-Atlantic and 1 circumtropical species entering shallow water in the Greater Caribbean.