(total): 11 - 12;
soft rays: 5 - 7. Swim bladder lacking or rudimentary; bones poorly ossified; spine weak and usually broken during capture; scales thin and deciduous, and white body musculature soft and flabby (Ref. 11015). Lateral line more or less a continuous trough covered by thin membranous scales, usually lost during capture (Ref. 10482). Body is black in small specimens; maroon and black in adults (Ref. 11015). Buccal cavity black with patches of bright orange and red in life; pharyngeal teeth red or orange (Ref. 11015).