Physical Characteristics

Body eel-like. Dorsal and anal fins long and low, continuous with a small caudal fin. Pectoral fins large and fan-like. Pelvic fins absent. Background color blue, greenish, brown, or gray-brown. The body and head are covered with white-lined black spots. Scales are small and rounded and embedded in the skin. There is no lateral line canal. The teeth in front are caninelike, and the rear teeth are molar-like. Juveniles are orangish brown, with spots more numerous and larger than in adults; the spots sometimes form into stripes. This is the largest zoar-coid, reaching 2.2 yd (203 cm).

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