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Genus: Centropomus, Snooks

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2 well separated Ds
LL: to end of forked tail
pelvic base - large scale
A: short base; 3 large, strong spines



Body oblong elongate, compressed; head pointed, upper head profile straight to concave; mouth large and protractile, lower jaw protruding; teeth small, in bands; margin of preopercle serrated; two well separated dorsal fins: VIII + I, 8-11; anal fin short, III strong spines, 5-8 soft rays; pelvics insert a little behind pectoral base, with I strong spine and 5 rays; a forked tail fin; lateral line, which is dark, extends to the end of the tail fin; scales large, rough.

A new world tropical genus with 13 species. Six species occur in and are endemic to the tropical eastern Pacific.