Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Fish with two dorsal fins and one anal fin. No connected with the caudal fin. First dorsal fin with an elongated ray. Pelvic fins also reaching about the anal fin origin. Body color variable, reddish to olive brown dorsally, sometimes very dark or mottled; lower sides paler, sometimes with dusky dots; belly and underside of the head pale. A dusky blotch present on the opercle. The fins are generally dark, except for the pelvic fins, which are pale.