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Description: Body long and narrow with a large eye and a terminal large mouth. Pectoral fins long, pelvic fins long and fused with clearly no pelvic frenum. Dorsal and anal-fin bases relatively short, caudal peduncle long and rapidly narrowing. The first dorsal and anal-fin rays are long and the last short, making a somewhat triangular fin shape. Series of transitional larvae show the eye remains round but the head thickens and the body hunches over. Transitional larvae develop melanophores in bars below the eye and an arc across the top of the head behind the eye and down the preopercle. Sensory papillae develop in rows on the head. Transitional recruits show a pattern of dark median fins and bars on the head and body.