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Genus: Guavina, Guavina Sleeper, Guavinas

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head long flattened, scaled
scales smooth at front, rough behind
lateral scales 100-110



Body elongate; head long, flattened, wide, blunt; mouth large, lower jaw projecting; teeth small conical, in several rows on jaws the outer row on top jaw longer but without canines; gill membranes broadly joined to throat, with 6 rays; dorsal fins VII + I, 10, fins well separated, base of 2nd dorsal < distance from the end of that base to tail fin; anal fin with I spine; pelvic fins I, 5, long, completely and widely separate; scales rough at rear, smooth at front, small, ~100-110 in lateral series; top of head densely covered with smooth scales; no lateral line.

A neotropical genus with two species, one W Atlantic species in our area.