soft rays: 9. Lateral line distinct, first dorsal fin distinctly colored (Ref. 9002). Body brown above, closely speckled with darker spots of varying sizes, whitish below. First dorsal fin with a black spot on third spine. Filamentous spines with numerous grey annuli. Second dorsal fin, caudal fin, pectoral and pelvic fins with darker spots. Anal fin with a broad dusky margin. Occipital region without bony ridges or protuberances, but with numerous small granular rugosities. Males with a black spot on third spine of first dorsal fin (Ref 42832).