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Genus: Ctenogobius, Gobies

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snout round, overhanging
eyes large, close-set, near front
D1: VI
C long, pointed
bottom jaw: canines near front
pelvics = disc
scales rough, none on head



Elongate, compressed body; snout round; eyes large, towards front, narrow between them; 2 pores behind eye, last one on preopercle; mouth opens slightly underneath or slightly above midline of snout; teeth in several rows on each jaw, inner row of top row much larger, curved, 1-2 large canines near front of lower jaw; front of roof of mouth without teeth; gill rakers short, triangular 0 + 4-5; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; 1st dorsal fin with VI spines, 1 more ray on 2nd dorsal fin than anal fin; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; pelvics fused to form disc; tail fin generally long and pointed; body with large rough scales, head scaleless; no lateral line.

A tropical genus with 28 species, found on both sides of the Atlantic as well as our region, where 2 endemics occur.