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Genus: Choranthias, Basses, Threadnose Bass Grouper

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top jaw scaled
LL interrupted below soft D, 46-57
scales around tail base 25-28
no accessory scales
scales rough, teeth on edges only



Body a slender oval, strongly compressed; head bluntly rounded, strongly compressed; eye moderate, without fleshy papillae on its border; front and rear nostrils relatively well separated, distance between them 17-33% of snout length; rear edge of front nostril with a filament; mouth strongly oblique, opens at front, rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; tooth patch on center of roof of mouth not prolonged at rear; preoperculum with rear margin serrated, lower corner with a spine and several large serrae, lower edge otherwise smooth; 32-39 gill rakers; dorsal fin with X,14-15; anal fin III, 7-9; pectorals 19-22; pelvic inserted slightly before base of pectoral; tail strongly concave, lobe tips wth short filaments; scales, rough, 46-57 on lateral line; head and jaws almost completely scaled; scales without accessory scales; lateral line interrupted under rear part of soft dorsal fin.

A west Atlantic genus with two species; one a Greater Caribbean endemic .