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Genus: Doratonotus, Dwarf Wrasse, Wrasses

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oblong, snout pointed
head scaled behind eye
D IX, central 3 spines low
LL interrupted, 17 + 4





Body oblong, strongly compressed; head small, upper profile slightly concave; snout pointed, low; mouth highly extendible, opens at front, thick lips; rear of top jawbone not visible on cheek; toothed grinding plates in throat; 1 pair of canines at front of both jaws, 1 pair at rear of top jaws; gill membranes fused under throat; dorsal fin with IX spines, central 3 spines lowest, not obviously notched between spiny and soft parts; anal fin III, 9; lateral line in two pieces, rear piece on tail base, 17 + 4 pores; side of head below and behind eye covered with scales.

An Atlantic genus with one species, found in our area.