Body moderately deep, compressed; snout pointed, ½-¾ of eye diameter long; top jaw medium length, not reaching rear of preopercle, tip blunt; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; third gill arch with a few short rakers on its rear face; 21-24 lower gill rakers; no large canine teeth; dorsal fin origin in mid-body; anal fin base long, 27-31 rays, origin just before middle of dorsal fin; pectorals long, reaching base of pelvics.
Bright silver stripe along flank often as wide as eye, not fading in death.
Size: 16.5 cm.
Habitat: marine, coastal pelagic, most commonly found in bays.
Depth: 0-18.5 m.
Point Conception, California to Magdalena Bay, Baja California.