Head spines strong - nasal, preocular, supraocular, postocular, tympanic, coronal, parietal and nuchal spines present; 2 to 10 (rarely 0 or 1) spines below the eye on rim of orbit (Ref. 27437). Caudal moderately indented (Ref. 6885). Color variable, reddish background with dusky blotches and speckling (particularly in small specimens); fins may have black edges (Ref. 27437).