soft rays: 8. Dorsal profile of head moderately sloped. Preorbital width about equal to, or slightly narrower than eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob poorly developed. Scale rows on back rising parallel to lateral line. Back and sides grayish-brown or olive, becoming whitish on belly. A prominent black blotch on the lateral line below the anterior soft dorsal-fin rays. Juveniles with a series of diffuse blackish bars on sides.