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Genus: Zapogon, Cardinalfish, Oddscale Cardinalfish

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preopercle serrated
pectoral 11-12
inner pelvic ray free from body
stomach and intestine black
center nape - scale row
scales rough
LL scales larger than body scales



Body oblong, compressed; head large, snout short; eye large; moderately large oblique mouth that opens at the front; top jaw wide, partly concealed when mouth is closed, scaleless; teeth usually small, usually on center and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle with a smooth ridge before the serrated edge, lower membranous flap not extending beyond edge of preoperculum; 14-15 lower gill rakers; dorsal fin VI+I, 9; anal fin II, 8-9; pectoral 11-12 (rarely 13); inner pelvic ray mostly not attached to body; tail fin usually concave; body scales rough; lateral line scales larger than scales on body; scales present on center of nape before dorsal fin; lateral line with 24 pored scales, the last few on the tail fin; lateral line complete, extends onto base of tail fin; stomach and intestine black.

A circumtropical genus with two species.