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Genus: Stenotomus, Scups, Porgies


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head deep, steep top profile
D: 1st spine small, projects forwards
front teeth: flat incisors, narrow, narrower at base, in close-set bands

STENOTOMUS

PORGIES, SCUPS

Body deep, compressed; head deep, upper profile steep; not very deep under eye; preopercle border smooth; mouth small, opens at front; bone under front of eye overlaps rear bone of top jaw; front jaw teeth strongly flattened incisors, narrower at base and narrowing at tips, close-set, in bands, 2 rows of molar teeth on sides of jaws; dorsal fin XIII spines, 1st spine very short & points forward; anal fin III spines; pectoral long; tail forked; cheeks and opercles scaly, but no scales on snout or between the eye and mouth.

A tropical to temperate NW Atlantic genus, with 2 NW Atlantic species, both of which occur in our region.