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Genus: Achirus, Soles

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gill openings wide, joined below
hole between gill chambers
pelvic fused to A
with scales



Body oval; eyes on right side, small; snout rounded; front margin of head with short tentacles; mouth small, oblique, a little under snout; lips fleshy; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin, visible as a superficial groove; gill openings wide, united before pelvic fins; an opening connects gill chambers on both sides; dorsal origin ~ above eye; pelvic on eye side fused to anal fin; pectorals present or absent; lateral line from head to tail, straight, with perpendicular branches running across body; body covered with rough scales.

A genus with 8 species found on both sides of the Atlantic and the western and eastern Pacific; represented in our region by 3 W Atlantic species.