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Genus: Parasudis, Greeneyes, Longnose Greeneye

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snout flattened, long, ( > eye)
palatine teeth: strong, curved, in broad bands
vomer: 1 pr large fangs
anus 8-10 scales behind pelvic base





Body slender, ~oval in cross-section; head ~30% of SL; snout depressed, like a spatula, longer than wide, long (> eye length); eye large, green, pupil teardrop shaped & with a pointed space before it; lower jaw protruding, with a knob on the chin; top jaw bone slightly expanded at rear, reaches just behind front of eye, with a single small extra bone above the expanded part; no teeth on tongue; some teeth at tip of lower jaws directed forwards; center of roof of mouth with a pair of large fangs; teeth on sides of roof of mouth strong, in a broad band on each side; fins without spines; dorsal fin in front 1/3 of body, its origin before pelvic fin origin; with more rays than anal fin (10-11 vs 7-9); a small skin-flap (adipose) 2nd dorsal fin at rear of body over center of anal fin; pectorals on midflank, inserted before origins of dorsal and anal fins; anus nearer pelvic fins than anal fin, but well behind base of pelvics, separated by 8-10 scales from base of pelvic fins; lateral line complete; scales rough or smooth.

A tropical to subtropical Atlantic genus with two species; a west Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean