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Genus: Stegastes, Gregories, Damselfishes, Majors

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body oblong
teeth 1 row, close-set, long
preopercle & bone under eye: edges serrated



Body oblong, compressed; 1 pair of nostrils; margin of preopercle serrated; margin of bone under eye serrated, without notch between it and the bone before it; mouth small, protrusible, opens at front; teeth in single row, long and close-set incisors; a single continuous dorsal fin, XII; anal fin with II spines; no projecting short spines at upper and lower base of tail fin; caudal fin bluntly forked; scales are moderately large and rough; body scaled, head largely scaled (snout scaled to nostrils), as are the basal parts of the median fins; lateral line incomplete, ends under end of dorsal fin base.

A pantropical genus with about 40 species. The 8 species found in our region are endemic to it.