Body striped red and silvery white, the red stripes about 3 times as broad as the white; spinous part of dorsal fin red except for white tips and a row of 6 white spots, one per membrane, near the base of the fin. Upper edge of suborbital bones below anterior half of orbit spineless and not serrate; small spine at medioposterior margin of nasal bone usually absent; nasal fossa without spinules; small preopercular spine, usually less than half orbit diameter; body depth 2.8-3.1 in SL; head length 2.7-3.05 in SL; longest dorsal spines, 1.9-2.2 in head length; third anal spine 1.2-1.45 in head length. Anal rays usually 9; pectoral usually 5 (Ref. 27370).
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