A slender, spiny-rayed fish with 2 separate dorsal fins. Mouth large, the upper jaw extending about to hind edge of eye. Jaws and roof of mouth have prominent teeth. The hind edge of the bone just in front of the gill cover is saw-toothed. Tail is forked. Back and sides yellowish or olive-brown with darker mottlings and blotches. Belly white. Two separate dorsal fins. Spinous dorsal fin streaked and blotched with black, usually with a large black blotch near bases of the last few spines. Very reflective eye.