soft rays: 8 - 9. Body depth 6.5-8.7x SL, head length 3.7-4.5x SL. Head 2.9-3.8 x longer than wide. Eye 4-5.3x, snout 2.4-2.8x head length. Anterior cuspid of external bicuspid row well developed, internal conical row smaller than external row of teeth. Caudal peduncle 6.1-8.6 x longer than high. Thick scales vertically elongated. 3-5 vertical black stripes on dorsal formed by small black spots. 2-3 brown-black oblique stripes on caudal fin. Sides uniformly colored or marked with vertical spots on lateral line generally joint on posterior end.