Genus: Hypoplectrus, Hamlet Grouper, Hamlets
body deep, compressed
D X (membranes not indented), 14-17, no notch
C slightly forked
Head and body deep, strongly compressed; forehead straight; snout relatively short; top jaw protrusible; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; teeth fixed; preoperculum angular, serrated, several small forward pointing spines on lower edge near the corner; gill rakers 17-23; dorsal fin X, 14-17, no notch after spines, membranes between spines not indented; pelvics long, reach to or beyond anus; tail fin slightly forked; lateral line scales 48-53; soft dorsal and anal fins mostly scaleless.
This genus is endemic to the Greater Caribbean; there are 10 described species, plus several more undescribed.