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Body moderately elongate, depth of body 23–34% SL, mouth terminal, no sub-mental swelling. Head blunt, about as long as deep, and U-shaped when viewed from above. Upper profile of head slightly convex. Snout very short, only 17-20% HL. Eye small, slightly smaller than length of snout. Caudal densely scaled for its basal third, with obtusely pointed lobes with 12 circumpeduncular scales. The caudal peduncle depth about 50% of its length. Dorsal fin 14–20 rays, anal fin 24–30 rays. Pectoral fin extremely long, extending to the end of the pelvic. Caudal fin scaled at base, tips rounded. Anal fin longer than dorsal, terminating behind end of dorsal. Lateral line with 43–57 scales, 8–12 scale rows between lateral line and dorsal fin, 10–13 between pelvic fin and lateral line. Teeth, bicuspid 5 in upper jaw, 4-9 in lower. Maximum size. 130 mm SL. Coloration: golden to silver above, silver below. Light pigment speckles above and on the flank.