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Genus: Leurochilus, Smoothlip Stargazer, Stargazer

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head cónical
eyes not stalked
D in 3 parts
both lips - no skin flaps
operculum - 1 broad flap
head, throat, under-belly: no scales
LL arch short



Head moderate sized, conical; eyes on top of head, not on stalks, without cirri or papillae; tubular nostrils; mouth upturned, with a protruding lower jaw; no skin flaps on top or bottom lips; top corner of operculum with a broad flap with a few short points on its edge; dorsal and anal fins with long bases; dorsal fin in 2-3 sections, 1st section a finlet of III spines on nape, then a gap, then main fin, with a deep notch between spines and rays; pelvic fins inserted under throat, each with I, 3, rays thickened and free at the tips; scales large, smooth; head, nape, throat and underbelly scaleless; front arched section of lateral line short, bends down under middle of spiny section of dorsal fin, and under outer half of pressed-down pectoral fin.

A genus with 1 species, endemic to the Greater Caribbean.