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Genus: Ophioscion, Croakers


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oblong
head not wide between eyes, not spongy
mouth small, under snout
lower teeth simple, in bands
preopercle: strongly serrated
A: 2nd spine strong, long, 7-8

OPHIOSCION

CROAKERS

Body elongate, more or less compressed; head low and short, cavernous but firm to touch on top; snout overhangs small, horizontal mouth; teeth on lower jaw simple, in bands; snout with 8-12 pores; chin with 5 pores, without barbels; gill rakers short (< ½ length of gill filaments at angle of arch); preopercle serrated, often moderately strong spines; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal fin continuous but deeply notched, 23-25 soft rays; anal fin short based, 2nd spine strong, at least 80% of length of 1st ray, 6-8 rays; tail long, pointed to S shaped; scales on body and all or most of head rough; soft dorsal and anal with a scaly sheath; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

A tropical to subtropical new world genus with 10 species; 7 of which are endemic to the eastern Pacific, 6 in our region.