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From Boulenger 1909, p. 88.
Depth of body 3 to 3 1/2 times in total length, length of head 4 times. Head hardly longer than deep; snout rounded, strongly projecting beyond mouth, 2/7 length of head; mouth small, its width 5 times in length of head; 7 teeth in upper jaw, 8 in lower; eye very small, 1/2 length of snout, 1/3 interorbital width. Dorsal 17-18, a little more than 1/2 as long as its distance from head. Anal 21-22, 7th ray corresponding to 1st of dorsal, slightly nearer base of ventral than base of caudal. Pectoral pointed, slightly shorter than head, twice length of ventral, reaching nearly extremity of latter. Caudal with long, obtusely pointed lobes. Caudal peduncle 3 1/2 times as long as deep, 4/5 to 5/6 length of head. 52-55 scales in lateral line, 8-9 / 13-14 in transverse series on body, 10 / 8-9 in transverse series between dorsal and anal, 16 round caudal peduncle. Purplish brown, dotted all over with blackish; dorsal and anal fins darker in front.