soft rays: 5. Lachrymal bone consisting of 2 spines over maxillary, first as a broad lobe, second as a broad spine pointing down; well marked suborbital ridge with 5 or 6 or more spines; second preopercle spine small or absent (Ref. 10482). Distinguished from other Hawaiian scorpionfishes by having only the anterior 4 or 5 tubed lateral line scales present, with the remainder of the lateral line absent; and presence of large melanophores on the caudal peduncle (Ref. 10482).