Physical Characteristics

Total length less than 2.75 in (7 cm). Body small and somewhat ovate to elongate. Mouth small, caudal fin relatively large and rounded. Color is mottled, variably olive, brown, or gold with two orange stripes on the flank and a whitish belly. Males assume darker colors dorsally, fins become blackish, flanks mottled gold, and orange stripes deepen during breeding season. Females also change color somewhat during breeding season, assuming a bluish tinge over the bodies. Lateral line interrupted and interspersed with tubed scales. There are 7-9 spines and 8-9 soft rays in the dorsal fin, 3 spines and 6-8 soft rays in the anal fin, and 11-13 soft rays in the pectoral fin.

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