Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Oval and compressed body. Head profile rather regular, steeper in front of eye. Mouth low, very slightly oblique. Several rows of canine-like teeth. The uppers visible when mouth is closed. Colour light red with silvery reflections. Head darker and fins pinkish. Distal part of dorsal and anal fins more intensely reddish. A very small dark spot above pectoral fin insertions. Males display a more intense coloration during the spawning season.