soft rays: 20 - 21;
Vertebrae: 33 - 34. Body fusiform, covered with bony plates. Head large, depressed and expanded around the edges. Flat and elongated rostral projection on each side, rostral nearly parallel. Mouth large, inferior, upper jaw not reaching below anterior border of orbit (Ref. 79587).
Thirty-four bony plates in upper lateral row,
with 23rd?26th to 31st or 32nd plates each bearing a forward-directed spine; gill rakers 6?7 + 1 + 20?21 = 27?28; rostral projection elongate (53.0?59.3% HL); upper jaw short (42.1?43.4% HL); pectoral fin elongate (70.6?79.4% HL); a long preopercular spine (39.2?57.7%HL); distance between anus and caudal fin base 49.9?52.1% SL (Ref. 79587).