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From Boulenger (1899):
Depth of body 1 5/6 to 2 times in total length, length of head 3 to 3 3/4 times. Head twice as long as broad, upper profile feebly concave; snout short, not twice as broad as long, a little longer than eye in adult, projecting slightly beyond mouth; eye 3½ (young) to 5 times in length of head; a narrow adipose lid in front of and behind eye; interorbital width 2/5 to 1/2 length of head. Gill-rakers extremely short, 30-40 on lower part of anterior arch. Dorsal 18-21 (4-5 unbranched), originating above last ray of ventral, falciform, anterior rays produced, at least as long as head. Adipose fin not or but little longer than deep, its base 1/3 to 1/2 its distance from dorsal. Anal 25-30 (3 unbranched), pointed, anterior rays produced. Pectoral 3/4 to 5/6 length of head, reaching ventral. Caudal deeply forked. Caudal peduncle a little longer than deep. Scales 60-66, 15-16/16-18, 13-14 between lateral line and root of ventral. Silvery, bluish grey on the back.
Total length 390 mm.