Body elongated and compressed towards the tail. Upper profile of head moderately convex. One spine on posterior margin of operculum. Mouth subterminal and slightly protruding, with prominent conical teeth in both jaws, some clearly visible even when mouth is closed. No teeth on vomar and palatines. Pair of stout barbels under the chin. Scales large and slightly ctenoid. Two well-separated dorsal fins. First spine of first dorsal fin very short. Pelvic fins comparatively large, and inserted below the pectoral fins. Caudal fin deeply forked.
rosy, with 3 or 4 red lines along the body.
common 30-35 cm (max. 55 cm).
Other mullids: no spine on opercular margin, and no teeth visible when mouth is closed.
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Feeds on benthic and sub-benthic invertebrates detected by chemoreceptor-rich barbels on the chin.
muddy or sandy substrate to depth of 300 m. Usually upper 50 m depth.