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From Boulenger (1909, pp. 147-148)
Depth of body 4 1/3 to 5 times in total length, length of head 6 to 7 1/3 times. Snout very short, shorter than eye, the diameter of which is 3 to 3 1/2 times in length of head and equals or nearly equals interocular width; mouth extending to below anterior third or centre of eye; nasal tentacle long and attenuate, 3/5 to 2/3 diameter of eye; preorbital, suborbitals, preoperculum, and mandible with the edge strongly serrated; preoperculum with a serrated ridge, parallel with the lower border. Gill-membranes extending without a notch across the isthmus. Gill-rakers very short, tubercular, 9 to 11 on lower part of anterior arch. Anal 108-130 (including caudal). Pectoral as long as head or a little shorter. Ventral serrature formed of 26-30 pairs of spines. Pelvic fins greatly reduced. Lateral line 120-142.