Total length 79 in (200 cm). Body large, elongate, and stout, with pronounced concave dorsal profile in head and a prominent snout. Color silvery but may be greenish or bluish gray on dorsal surfaces. Fins blackish or dusky brown. Juveniles have mottled pattern of brown with three white stripes on head and nape, and white blotches irregularly placed on back. There are 8-9 spines and 10-11 soft rays in the dorsal fin, 3 spines and 7-8 soft rays in the anal fin, and 7-8 soft rays in the pectoral fin. Caudal fin is truncate.
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