Physical characteristics

Body oblong and compressed, with a well-developed ventral flap. The teeth are quite large and arranged in a beaklike plate; the lower teeth are completely fused, and the upper teeth are separated by a suture. Color is golden yellow with hints of white. There is an irregular black blotch, ringed in white, located medially at the base of the ventral flap. The dorsal and anal fins are relatively small and positioned posterior to the ventral flap. The dorsal fin has two spines and 10-12 soft rays, and the anal fin has nine to 10 soft rays. The caudal fin is slightly forked. Grows to 15.7 in (40 cm) in total length.

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