Body fusiform and elongate, with two dorsal fins, an elongate anal fin, and a slightly forked caudal fin. There are seven to eight spines in the first dorsal fin and one spine and 13-28 soft rays in the second dorsal fin. The anal fin has two to three spines and 12-27 soft rays. Both the dorsal and anal fin soft rays have a scaly appearance. There is a black blotch at the base of each of the pectoral fins. The mouth has sharp and
compressed jaw teeth arranged in a single prominent series. The preopercle has a membranous flap that extends over the subopercle. Color is silvery blue or greenish blue on the back, with silvery flanks and belly. Grows to 51 in (130 cm) length and lives as long as nine years.
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