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Genus: Synagrops, Blackmouth Ocean Bass, Ocean Basses

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body depth 21-31% SL
D sections separate; IX (all visible) + I,9
scales smooth
preoperculum strongly toothed
top jaw - canines
all fin spines smooth
A II,7



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, top jaws with canine teeth; gill rakers 19-26; 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 IX (all visible) + I, 9, a distinct gap between the 2 sections; anal fin II, 7 rays; tail fin forked; pectorals longer than pelvics; all fins spines smooth; scales mostly smooth, easily shed; scales on cheeks, top of head 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.