Coral sea jawfish
soft rays: 18;
Vertebrae: 33. This species is characterized by the following: D X,19; about 38-45 oblique scale rows in longitudinal series on the body; no scales anterolaterally forward of verticals from 5th to 7th dorsal-fin spines; longitudinal row of 7 or 8 large white spots on both sides of the lower half of the body, the largest with a dark brown border and covered by appressed pectoral fin; no vomerine teeth (Ref. 76827).