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Genus: Lonchurus, Croakers


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C long, pointed
chin 1-15 pr barbels
pectoral long, black

LONCHURUS

CROAKERS

Body elongate, moderately compressed; head long, low; eye small; snout ~conical, projecting beyond horizontal mouth; chin with 1-15 pairs of barbels and 4-5 pores; preopercle edge smooth; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal X-XI spines, 31-39 rays; pectoral fin long and pointed, jet black; anal fin with short base, II weak spines, 6-9 rays; tail fin long and asymmetrically pointed; lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A tropical W Atlantic genus with 2 species; both of which occur in the Greater Caribbean.