Physical Characteristics

Total length 6.7 (17 cm). Sexually dimorphic in character development. Body elongate and strongly depressed with broad, flattened head. Scales lacking. First dorsal fin with 4 spines; 9-10 soft rays on second, elongated dorsal fin. Anal fin has 9-10 soft rays. Relatively large pectoral and pelvic fins. Caudal fin elongate. Color pattern on body is light to medium brown. Males have three dark blotches on first dorsal fin and oblique dark lines along lower half of flank. Faint dark mottling on anal fin and ventral portion of caudal fin. Females and young males have large black mark on first dorsal fin; females also have three faint white spots on second dorsal fin. May live only as long as two years.

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