Fins - D1 - VII (rarely 6 or 8), not filamentous; D2 - 12(10-13); anal - 10(9-11); pectoral - 17(15-18); pelvic fin I,5, fin long reaching to anus
Head - Very small barbel present in front of eye on inner edge of upper lip; maxilla ending near posterior of eye.
Papillae - Three vertical rows in front of row b; row 5i/6i under the middle of row b and extending below the level of row d; row d continuous.
Color - Body from base of pelvic with 9 light cross bars alternating with darker brown areas, each about the same width; a median series of small dark brown spots present.
Distribution - Gulf coast from Marco, Florida to Texas.
Habitat - Coastal bays and deeper canals in shell sand bottoms.