A widespread genus in tropical and temperate oceanic waters with six species that are not easy to distinguish. At least four species occur in Australian waters. Characters include: body strongly compressed; head large; snout blunt, almost truncated; eyes large; jaws barely oblique; scales extending forward on head to between orbits; first dorsal fin high and rounded, originating above pectoral-fin base; second dorsal of moderate height, outer margin slightly rounded.
Author: Dianne J. Bray
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Dianne J. Bray, Psenes in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 May 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/genus/1233
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