soft rays: 14 - 16;
Vertebrae: 26. Live adults dark reddish brown with pale reddish blotches; opercular spot black. Side of lips with a dark-edged whitish bar. Dark red dots extending posteriorly from the eye absent. Adults with a broad-based, slender, triangular, dermal flap dorsally on eye. A pair of large pores in interorbital space, one on each side close to the edge of the orbit; a small median pore posteriorly in interorbital space. Tubular anterior nostril when laid back slightly more than half distance to posterior nostril; when projecting forward, about 1/4 distance from edge of snout to edge of orbit, just reaching groove at base of upper lip. Second lateral line not fully developed. Longitudinal scale series 42-46.