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Overview
Main identification features
  • body elongate, robust
  • 1 dorsal fin divided
  • large mouth, small teeth
  • operculum: 1-2 spines
  • scales small, rough
FAMILY POLYPRIONIDAE

SEABASSES

Body oblong, compressed, covered with small, rough scales; head (except for snout) scaly; top jaw exposed, scaly; teeth simple, non canines, in bands, on jaws, tongue and front and sides of roof of mouth; operculum with 1-2 spines; preopercle serrated, more strongly so in juveniles; one dorsal fins with XI-XII spines, 9-12 rays; anal fin III spines, 8-10 rays; pelvic fins larger than pectorals; tail fin edge straight (rounded in juveniles).

A family of temperate to tropical marine basses found in the Pacific and Atlantic There are two genera and about 9 species. One Pacific genus has a temperate north-eastern Pacific species that enters the northern part of our region.


References
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  • Jordan , D.S. and Evermann, B.W., 1896., The fishes of North and Middle America: a descriptive catalogue of the species of fish-like vertebrates found in the waters of North America, north of the Isthmus of Panama. Part I., Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus., 47:1-1240.
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