Body is compressed and elongate, with minute cycloid scales on the trunk. There is a single dorsal fin with 13 spines and 10 soft rays. The pelvic fins are positioned at the thorax. The pectoral fin usually has 16 rays. Fin spines are stout and venomous. The snout is long and tubelike. Body color is predominately yellow, with a chocolate-brown forehead and snout and white spotted with brown on the preopercle and opercle and on the flank directly behind the gills. The thorax
is chocolate brown, and this color extends down to the first two pelvic fin spines. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are yellow; the pectoral and pelvic fins are white. There is some variation between individuals. Grows to at least 9.8 in (25 cm) in length.
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