Body elongate and slender, with a spatulate snout and terminal mouth. Eyes large and round. The single dorsal fin contains six rays, is located at mid-body length, and is preceded by five short and evenly spaced spines. The anal fin is opposite the dorsal fin, also with six rays. The caudal fin contains 11 rays and is rounded posteriorly. Pelvic fins are very small and thoracic, with only four rays. The precaudal tail region is very long and slender. Large pectoral fins have 23 rays. Body is covered by a complex armor composed of numerous plates. Coloration is a light brown, with numerous small, darker blotches and irregular stripes. Reaches 1.2 in (3 cm) in length.
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