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Genus: Chirocentrodon, Herrings


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top jaw - 2 toothed bones
both jaws - large canines
with pelvics

CHIROCENTRODON

LONGFIN HERRINGS

Elongate, moderately compressed; eye large; mouth short, opens at front, lower jaw not strongly projecting; top jaws with only two toothed bones; jaw teeth strong and conical, large canines at front of both jaws; a single dorsal fin; pectoral fins low on the side just behind the head; no fin spines; small pelvics present, 6 rays, before dorsal fin; anal fin with long base, origin before dorsal fin; a forked tail fin; with a sharp keel of scutes along belly.

A W Atlantic genus with a single species, which occurs in our area.