(total): 21 - 24;
soft rays: 24 - 26. Pale to dark greyish-green in color, breaking up into four broad saddles on the body with pale green and white between. Belly white. Fins dark mottled olive-green. Distinguished from other triplefins by its large size and rounded bulbous head, the lateral line which is continuous to the caudal peduncle and rows of large recurved teeth in the jaws.