Body oblong and compressed, with a long caudal peduncle, a deeply forked caudal fin with rounded lobes, a pronounced snout in the head, and a prominent dorsal spine. The dorsal fin has 20-26 soft rays, and the anal fin has 13-22 soft rays. Body color is silvery with a yellowish hue. The caudal fin is pale yellow and somewhat clear at the lobes. The fins are pale or milky to clear white, except for the dorsal spine, which is black at the base. Grows to at least 11.8 in (30 cm) in total length.
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