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Genus: Synagrops, Ocean-Basses


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body depth 21-31% SL
D sections separate
scales smooth
preoperculum strongly toothed

SYNAGROPS

OCEAN-BASSES

Body elongate, compressed, depth distinctly < head length (21-31% of SL); eye huge; broad and flat between eyes; mouth large, rear bone of top jaw expanded at rear & largely exposed when mouth is closed, ends ~under mid-eye, with some canine teeth; preopercle with 2-3 small ridges along its lower edge and with strong teeth; rear of opercle with 1-2 flat points; gill membranes separate, free from underside of head; dorsal fin VIII-IX + I, 9-10, a distinct gap between the 2 sections; anal fin II-III, 6-9 rays; tail fin forked; pectorals longer than pelvics; scales mostly smooth, easily shed; scales on cheeks, operculum with or without scales; lateral line continuous, 29-51 tubed scales + 3-5 on tail fin.

An Atlantic and Indo-central Pacific genus with 6 species; 3 Atlantic and 1 Atlantic + W Pacific species in our area.