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Genus: Lachnolaimus, Hogfishes

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oblong, deep
D XIV, I-III with long filaments
front canines only
LL complete, 32-34





Body deep, oblong, compressed; upper head profile straight to slightly concave; snout long and pointed; mouth highly protrusible, with a longitudinal fold from top lip covering rear of jaws; rear of top jawbone not visible on cheek; toothed grinding plates in throat; strong forward directed canines at front of mouth, rear teeth short, stout, in one row, no rear canines; gill membranes fused under throat; dorsal fin with XIV spines, first 3 spines very long and filamentous, membranes between spines deeply indented, not obviously notched between spiny and soft parts; anal fin III, 10; tail fin straight in juveniles, concave in adults; lateral line complete, 32-34 pored scales.

A genus with one species, endemic to the West Atlantic.