Genus: Lagodon, Pinfish Porgy, Pinfishes
head & body oval
D: 1st spine small, projects forwards
teeth: front - notched incisors, side 2 rows molars
Body deep, oval, compressed; head not deep, snout pointed; mouth small, opens at front; bone under front of eye overlaps rear bone of top jaw; both jaws with flattened, broad, deeply notched incisors at front, 2 (mainly)-3 rows of molar-like teeth at sides; preopercle border smooth; dorsal fin low, XIII, 1st spine small, forward-pointing, sometimes buried under skin; anal fin III, 11; pectoral longer than pelvic; cheeks and opercles scaly, but no scales on snout or between the eye and mouth.
This is a tropical to temperate genus with one W Atlantic member, which occurs in our region.