(total): 9 - 10;
soft rays: 8 - 12;
Vertebrae: 31 - 36. This species is distinct from its congeners by the following characters: dorsal scale band from under the 4th-7th dorsal-fin spine to under penultimate or last dorsal-fin ray, not reaching onto caudal peduncle; naked axilla of pectorals; cirri on dorsal-fin spines absent; one common opening of the anterior terminal mandibular pore; no nasal cirri; no elongated dorsal-fin spines; absence of parietal spines (Ref. 75898).