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Genus: Saurida, Lizardfishes, Saury Lizardfish

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

pelvic 9, inner ~ outer rays
A 9-13, base < D base
C: short rays at base - no scales



Body slender, elongate, cylindrical; head pointed, eye large; snout about as long as eye; mouth large, slightly oblique, at front; many rows fine pointed; teeth on jaws, tongue and (in 2 bands) on side of roof of mouth; fins without spines; one dorsal fin in mid-body, with a small skin-flap fin behind it above anal fin; anal fin 9-13 rays, base shorter than dorsal fin base; pelvics on abdomen behind pectoral base, inserted before dorsal fin, with 9 rays, inner rays about same length as outer rays; tail fin forked; scales smooth; lateral line straight, along entire body; no scales on short rays on top and bottom of tail fin base.

This pantropical genus of deeper water fishes contains 19 species; four species are found in the Greater Caribbean, 1 TransAtlantic, 1 W Atlantic and 2 endemics.