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Body oblong, more or less deep, compressed; upper profile of head convex with a very slight gibbosity in front of eyes which are small moderate; scales on cheek and opercle; lips rather thick; in front jaws, 46 canine-like teeth; behind them more obtuse and shorter tee becoming more or less gradually molariform in 2-3 rows.
Littoral or inshore waters, on various bottoms; generally carnivorous; where known, hermaphroditic (few data about reproduction and behaviour); marketed fresh, frozen and as fish-meal; flesh of good quality.

Species 4; in Clofnam area 3.

Recent revision: Bianchi (1984).

Genus Pagrus