Unique Characters: Body elongate and compressed. Mouth at end of elongate snout; single barbel on chin. Dorsal fin with 8-13 isolated spines; second dorsal fin opposite anal fin and similarly shaped, both with 21-25 segmented soft rays. Pelvic fins small, abdominal, with six soft rays. Lateral line continuous. Body covered with small ctenoid (rough) scales, except for the head and anterior part of the back, which are scaleless. Color overall reddish or brown, irregularly marked with black or brown spots; silvery streaks along the head and sides of body; anterior rays of dorsal and anal fins with a black bar near their base, this bar may occasionally be reduced to a spot; caudal fin with 1 or 2 black spots.
Similar Species: None