soft rays: 9 - 10. Large head. Fusiform body. Large and terminal mouth. Two dorsal fins. First with 6 spines, second with 1 spine and 10 to 11 branched rays. Adults body and fins usually grey to black with a clearer belly. Juveniles brown with a serie of darker rounded marks along the flanks. First dorsal usually shows a black mark in its posterior part, especially for young specimens. Fading while fish age. 10 to 25cm (Ref. 57749).