Body somewhat deep with large eyes; large, extended fins; and a slightly forked caudal fin. The skin has bioluminescent bands. There are two dorsal fins; the first has 7 spines and the second 1 spine and 9 soft rays. The anal fin has 2 spines and 9 soft rays. There are 12-14 soft rays on the pectoral fin. The head and gills are yellow that grades into a broad brown band that extends from the dorsal fin to the posterior portion of the pelvic fin. Posterior to the band, the body is a pale luminescent white with numerous brown spots. The second dorsal fin, anal fin, and caudal fin are clear but edged with luminescent white. The anterior portion of the pelvic fin is yellow and the eye is bright red. This species is sexually dimorphic for body size, with females slightly larger on average but males with deeper bodies and larger heads. Grows to 3.1 in (8 cm) in total length.
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