soft rays: 15 - 17;
Vertebrae: 27. This has the dorsocranium under the skin completely covered by epaxial trunk muscles; frontal bones solid, lacking a foramen on each side; one short subopercular spine, often with a small second point below; head and body with no scales; a funnel-shaped pit at top of pectoral-fin axil, with glandular tissue inside and extending from ventral pit margin onto axil; no maxillary flap; lower gill opening well below lower pectoral-fin base; head into SL 2.4- 2.8 times; supraorbital tentacles present above posterior half of eye; and all five pectoral-fin radials ossified. Dorsal-fin elements III,19-22; anal-fin rays 15-17; pectoral-fin rays 21-24; vertebrae 27 (Ref. 57811).