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Genus: Gramma, Basslets, Grammas


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base C - short rays not thickened
LL 2 parts

GRAMMA

BASSLETS, GRAMMAS

Elongate, compressed body; eye large, snout short; mouth at front; teeth on jaws, and front and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle serrated; opercle with 2 short, flat spines; gill rakers long, 15-35; dorsal fin XI-XIV, 6-11; anal fin III, 6-10; pectorals rounded, 14-19; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, sometimes reaching past anal fin base; short rays on upper and lower base of tail fin not thick and spiny; lateral line in two parts, upper part ending under end of dorsal fin base, lower part on tail base.

A W Atlantic genus with 5 species; 4 endemics in our area.