Genus: Paralabrax, Sand-Basses, Rock-Basses
D: X, 12-15, front spines long
preoperculum finely serrated
scales small (70-115 laterals), rough
Body elongate, compressed; head pointed; mouth large; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; teeth fixed; roof of mouth with teeth on sides and center; gill rakers 21; preopercle finely serrated; dorsal X, 13-14, front spines elongate; pectoral 13-18; pelvics inserted under or slightly behind pectoral base; tail rounded to concave, 13-15 branched rays; scales small, rough, 55-63 on lateral line; rear of top jawbone without scales.
A new world tropical to temperate genus with 9 species; 8 in and endemic to our region.