A monotypic genus with a worldwide distribution, though primarily in cooler waters. Body stout and fusiform; snout bluntly conical; anterior teeth enlarged, forming a continuous cutting edge, serrated, uppers with broad triangular cusps (at less than 1.5 m, a few sometimes lanceolate with small basal cusplets); a single lateral keel on caudal peduncle; first dorsal-fin origin in front of the free rear tips of the pectoral fins; origin of second dorsal-fin well in front of the anal-fin origin.
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