Reaches 12.6 in (32 cm) in fork length. The shark mullet looks unlike other mullets, because the eyes are positioned high, toward the top of the head, which is concave between the eyes. Nostrils are placed low on the snout, which projects beyond the upper lip. Teeth on both lips are small and spatulate. The anal fin has three spines and eight soft rays in adults. There are 28-30 scales in a longitudinal series along flanks. Body is slate gray dorsally and silvery laterally and ventrally; the fins are yellowish.
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