Body is brown in color with the shade depending on the color of the bottom, with numerous spots and blotches. 3 prominent eye-like spots form a triangle with 1 spot on the lateral line, 1 above and 1 below. Numerous white spots are found scattered over the body and fins (albigutta, white spotted). Strong canine-like teeth. The caudal fin is in the shape of a wedge. Severely flattened body, with left side containing both eyes, and right side lacking eyes and pigment.