(total): 15 - 16;
soft rays: 8 - 9;
Vertebrae: 29. Diagnosis: profile of the snout evenly decurved, descending to a nearly horizontal mouth; narrow interorbital space (24-27% head length)(Ref. 53949, Ref. 53940). Lower jaw not, or only slightly inclined from the horizontal; lower pharyngeal jaw only slightly longer than wide (Ref. 81260). Dentigerous area of the lower pharyngeal bone longer than the anterior blade in the young and of characteristic shape, with a narrow anterior apical portion (Ref. 53949). Blade of lower pharyngeal bone 0.7-0.95 times median length of toothed area; 3 regular rows of teeth; upper series of black blotches parallel to the dorsal outline; black band of uneven width extending from the opercular spot to the anterior part of the caudal peduncle; posterior end of caudal peduncle with vertical blotch meeting its fellow over the top; fins colorless; tilapia mark absent (Ref.