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Genus: Plectranthias, Bass Grouper, Basses

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D X, 15-17, weak notch
maxilla not scaled
gill rakers 14-31
preoperculum: +/- spines point forwards
LL 28-46



Body oblong, compressed; head large, eye large; snout short; top jaw protrusible; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; tooth patch on center of roof of mouth chevron-shaped; preopercle with or without 1-3 strong forward pointing spines at its lower angle; gill rakers short, 14-31; dorsal fin X, membranes notched between spines, 15-17, weak notch between spines and rays; anal fin III, 7; tail fin straight to rounded; scales rough (teeth on on margins) large, 28-46 in lateral line; lateral line complete; scales around tail base 12-22; rear bone of top jaw (maxilla) not scaled; lateral line continuous, complete.

A W Atlantic and Indo-W Pacific genus with ~60 species; 2 Greater Caribbean representatives occur in our area.