soft rays: 12 - 14. Variable body color, pale gray and various shades of brown from tan to nearly blackish (geographic varieties); each scale with blackish streak near margin appearing as narrow transverse bands. Usually bright yellow iris (except the Indonesian Pacific form); a bluish band across preorbital bone from lower front corner of eye to mouth; pale gray to whitish lips. Spinous part of dorsal fin with translucent submarginal band; median and pelvic fins gray to brown, except the Indian Ocean variety; pectoral fins nearly translucent to dusky brown, black spot at base of uppermost ray. Juveniles usually have blue-bordered dorsal and anal fins (Ref. 1602).