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Genus: Upeneus, Goatfishes


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D VII
mouth reaches under eye
both jaws & roof mouth: teeth
operculum: no spine

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UPENEUS

GOATFISHES

Elongate, cylindrical body; head blunt and profile strongly convex; space between eyes narrow and concave; mouth reaches under front edge of eye; teeth on both jaws and roof of mouth; chin with a pair of large, long barbells that fold into a central groove on throat; no spine on operculum; first dorsal with VII spines; scales large, slightly rough, tail fin with oblique black stripes.

A pantropical genus (except for the eastern Pacific) with 24 species; 1 W Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.