Genus: Centrodraco, Draconetts
preopercle no spine
A 0, 12-14
Body elongate, rounded; head large; snout pointed; eyes very large; top jaw protractile; teeth in jaws small, slender, fine, in narrow bands; preopercle without a spine; opercle and subopercle each with a strong, simple, back-pointing spine; gill opening wide; two dorsal fins, III (stout, strong, sharp) + 14 (13-15) (the last ray divided at its base); anal fin with long base, 0, 13 (12–14) (the last ray divided at its base), pectoral fin large, rounded; pelvic fin I, 5, long, pointed, extends past anal fin origin; caudal fin truncate; lateral line present, grooved, in two separate parts that overlap under 2nd dorsal fin; scales absent.
A genus in all three oceans, with 11 species; a North Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.