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From Boulenger (1899):
Depth of body 1 2/3 to 2 times in total length, length of head 3 1/4 to 4 times. Head about twice as long as broad, upper profile more or less concave, nape strongly raised in adult ; snout short, not twice as broad as long, as long as or a little longer than eye, its anterior outline forming an open angle, and projecting rather strongly beyond the mouth ; eye 3 (young) to 4 ½ times in length of head ; adipose eyelid barely distinct; interorbital width half, or less than half, length of head. Gill-rakers very short and fine, 65-75 on lower part of anterior arch. Dorsal 20-23 (4-5 unbranched), originating above base of ventral, anterior branched rays produced, longer than head. Adipose fin much longer than deep, its base nearly as long as or longer than its distance from dorsal. Anal 22-27 (3-4 unbranched). Pectoral 2/3 to 3/4 length of head, not reaching ventral. Caudal forked. Caudal peduncle deeper than long. Scales 53-59, 14-15/14-16, 10-12 between lateral line and root of ventral. Silvery, bluish grey on the back, with darker lines between the series of scales. Total length 520 millim.