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Genus: Gymnachirus, Soles


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gill openings wide, joined below
pelvic fused to A
no scales, skin loose

GYMNACHIRUS

SOLES

Body oval; eyes small, on right side; snout rounded; mouth small, arched, a little below snout; lips fleshy; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin; gill openings wide, united before pelvic fins; dorsal origin ~before level of eye; pelvic on eye side fused to anal fin; pectorals present or absent; lateral line from head to tail, straight, with 5-10 accessory sensory lines at right angles to main line on right side; no scales, body covered with loose skin; eye side of adults usually with very dark cross bars.

A W Atlantic genus with 3 species, 2 endemics and 1 W Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.