spines: 0. Head of moderate-size, its underside scaled; sensory pores on head prominent; eyes relatively large; snout blunt, its tip and lateral angles with large, stout tubercular scutes. Scales adherent, densely covered with distinctly shield-shaped imbricate spinules. Pyloric caeca short, directed anteriorly, 10 to 12; retia mirabilia 6. Overall color is brownish gray; fins dusky; oral and branchial cavities blackish.