Head deep; eye large; wide between eyes; projecting snout plates short; no transverse groove across top of head behind eyes; bony ridge under eye with 2 spines at rear; teeth on jaws and roof of mouth simple; two separate dorsal fins, X + 10-12; pectoral fins relatively short, barely reaching under origin of 2nd dorsal, 13-14 rays, with 2-3 enlarged free rays at bottom of fin that are detached from main fin; body with rough scales; flank scales smooth; rear flap of operculum with scales; nape scaled; lateral-line scales 93-105.
Grey brown with dark blotch below rear part of second dorsal fin and broad brown band below eye with an extension behind mouth; pectoral fin blackish with large clear patch on outer half; tail fin with large dark spots basally and blackish longitudinal streaks on outer half forming three irregular bars.
Size: reaches 35 cm.
Habitat: trawled on mud-sand.
Depth: 7-105 m.
Southern Baja and the SW and eastern Gulf of California to Peru.