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Genus: Synchiropus, Dragonets

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large eyes on top pointed head
D1: IV
LL extends onto C
gill opening = small pore on side
preopercle: large, curved, hooked spine
no scales



Elongate, somewhat depressed; no skin fold along side of belly; eyes large, on upper side of head; a small mouth that angles down when open, with a protrusible top jaw; a large, up-curved, multi-pointed spine on the preoperculum; no spines on the operculum; gill openings small; two dorsal fins, IV flexible spines + 8 branched soft rays; anal fin with 7 rays and no spines; pectorals large, rounded; pelvics I,5, insert under throat before pectorals, each connected to pectoral by a membrane; lateral line complete, extends onto tail fin; no scales.

A circumtropical genus with almost 34 species; 1 is endemic to our region.