There are 13-16 dorsal soft rays; 12-14 anal soft fin rays; a rounded caudal fin; and short, rather broad pectoral fins with a fleshy palp that bridges between the base of the fin and the gill opening. The color pattern consists of a light olive-brown or cherry-red background with either dark reticulations or mottled shades of lighter color and a series of white bars between the eyes. In juveniles the white bars also run along the back and on the edge of the caudal fin. Grows to about 6.3 in (16 cm) in length. Males tend to be larger than females.
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