Body ovate or rather elongate, compressed. Mouth large. Teeth all pointed, none depressible. Gillrakers short and stout with 7 to 10 on lower part of anterior arch. Scales mostly elongate, the small supplementary scales present but not surrounding the primary scales. Color olivaceous brown, generally mottled with paler. Lateral line with 145 to 190 scales with a distinct curve above pectoral fin. Dorsal finrays (89) 93 to 97 (109); origin above middle of eye. Anal finrays 64 to 81 (78). Pectoral of ocular side with 14 to 19 rays. Caudal fin strong and lunate.