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Genus: Novaculichthys, Wrasses

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forehead - angular, no keel
eye low
oblong, very compressed
D IX, continuous
both jaws - front canines
LL in 2 parts





Body elongate, oblong, very compressed; forehead profile angular, without fleshy keel; eye nearer mouth than head profile; 2 pairs of stout canines at front of upper and lower jaws, no canines at rear of jaws; preopercular margin free; dorsal fin with IX spines; lateral line in 2 parts; head scaleless except for a few scales below & sometimes behind eye.

An tropical Indo-Pacific genus with 4 species; 1 widespread Indo-Pacific species occurs in our region.