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Genus: Mullus, Goatfishes


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D VIII
mouth reaches under eye
top jaw no teeth; roof mouth teeth
operculum: no spine

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MULLUS

GOATFISHES

Elongate, cylindrical body; top jaw reaches under front edge of eye; space between eyes broad and flat; no teeth in upper jaw; with teeth on roof of mouth; chin with a pair of large, long barbells that fold into a central groove on throat;  no spine on opercle; first dorsal fin VIII, 1st spine very small; scales large, slightly rough.

An Atlantic and Mediterranean genus with 4 species; 1 NW Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.