Reaches about 3.2 in (8 cm) total length. Body with scales (62-68 in longitudinal series along the flanks). Second dorsal and anal fins, each with 12 soft fin rays. Pelvic fins not forming a strong sucking disk; fins connected between innermost rays but not between spines of each fin. Head and body a light yellowish green or brownish dorsally, with six reddish, vertical, or oblique bands on flanks; numerous small, bluish spots, or reddish spots on head. A vertical red stripe runs from eye to corner of mouth. Fins transparent, and all except pectorals with numerous blue spots and often with reddish bases, and dorsal fins with orange spots near edge. Caudal fin has oblique red stripe.
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