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Genus: Hemilutjanus, Grape-Eye Seabasses

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deep, compressed
eye large, dark
D: X, 10-11
teeth simple
scales small, rough





Body deep, compressed; head compressed, pointed, upper profile straight; eye large, dark; mouth large, oblique, lower jaw projecting; upper jaw bone broad, with distinct accessory bone; teeth small, simple, on jaws and top and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle serrated; long slender gill rakers; dorsal with X spines, a slight notch between spines and rays; anal with III spines; tail fin slightly concave; lateral line complete, follows humped contour of back; scales small, rough, on all of head and jaws.

The genus contains a single species, found in the southern subtropical eastern Pacific and extending into the fringe of our region.