soft rays: 16 - 20. Edges of scales of upper two-fifths of body dark brown, the centres pale. Upper part of body with 8 V-shaped dark bars faintly visible, becoming darker at the lower part of each V. A row of large dark brown spots on lower side of body. Two prominent oval black spots, one above the other, basally in caudal fin. Posterior margin of preopercle and opercle strongly serrate. Cheek scales ctenoid. Body elongate, its depth 5.7 to 6.9 SL (Ref 42740).