This species has remarkable large eyes, 26.3% of head length, only comparable with some Synodontis species from the Congo River basin (Ref. 82238). Maxillary barbels shorter than head, unbranched and not tuberculate, but with a distinct basal membrane; mandibular barbels with simple and more or less thick ramifications, especially those of the inner pair (Ref. 57223). Mandibular teeth numbering 19 (Ref. 57223). The pectiral-fin spines of the holotype are broken off, but in the basal region, denticulations are stronger on the inner than on the outer margin; dorsal-fin spine also mutilated, but the remaining basal stump is smooth anteriorly (Ref. 57223). Humeral process granulate, concave on upper margin, not keeled ventrally (Ref. 57223). Adipose fin rather long, low and distinctly separated from the rayed dorsal fin (Ref. 57223).Colour: The only known specimen is light and the outer caudal-fin lobes are dark-edged (Ref. 57223).