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Genus: Sargocentron, Squirrelfish Soldierfish, Squirrelfishes

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D - gap after spines, front soft rays not long
lower gill rakers 10-14
lower jaw not projecting
preoperculum angular, 1 strong spine
A 7-10



Body oblong; snout pointed; eye very large; mouth small, oblique; lower jaw not projecting; edges of bones of operculum and under eye with series of slender spines, 1-2 enlarged spines on edge of operculum, a long stout spine at corner of preopercle; 10-14 lower gill rakers; dorsal fin with XI spines, a distinct gap between last spine and first ray of soft dorsal, front soft rays not elongate; anal with IV spines, 3rd spine extremely long and stout, 7-10; pelvics I, 7; tail forked; scales large, very rough.

A pantropical genus of at least 12 species. There are 2 endemic species in the Greater Caribbean that are currently placed in this genus, but that probably should be in Neoniphon.