Physical Characteristics

Males reach slightly beyond 4.9 in (12.5 cm) total length. Tubular species with a blunt head and terminal mouth. Two dorsal fins, second with 12-14 fin rays. Rounded caudal fin. Pelvic fins form a sucking disc, which does not extend as far as the anus. There are 44-49 ctenoid scales along the midline of the flanks. Brownish or light brown dorsally, and whitish ven-trally. Five characteristic brown bands over the back, the first at the base of the pectoral fin and the last at the caudal peduncle. Dorsal fins with alternating light and dark gray bands; the first dorsal fin has a yellowish orange border.

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