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Genus: Pomadasys, Grunts

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soft D & A no scales
lips not thick
chin with central groove
A: 2nd spine is largest, 7-8 rays



Body elongate, elliptical to oblong, strongly compressed; rear margin of bone under eye concealed by scales; mouth small to moderate size, inside not red, lips thin; chin with 2 pores at front plus a longitudinal groove; preopercle finely serrated, ventral serrations not forward pointing; dorsal fin XII-XIII, 11-15, weakly to moderately notched; anal III, 6-8, 2nd spine usually much longer and thicker than 3rd; scales over entire body and head except front of snout, lips and chin; usually no scales on soft dorsal and anal fins; no stripes or bars.

A circumtropical genus with 36 species, found in the east and west Atlantic and west Pacific as well as the tropical eastern Pacific, where it is represented by 5 endemics.