soft rays: 10;
Vertebrae: 25. Body of male orangish in life; large females similar in body color with males except for the absence of the large orange area beneath and around the pectoral fin base and the black spot on the dorsal fin. Inconspicuous stripes on head of females; juveniles and small females with 3 broad black stripes on head and body, separated by narrow pale blue stripes. Posterior caudal peduncle and fin principally dark brown or black. Juveniles nearly identical to juveniles of Diproctacanthus but have a longer dorsal fin (Ref. 48636).