Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. A slender species with elongated body, the body depth 4 or 5 times in standard length. Snout longer than eye diameter; mouth large, terminal, slightly upturned; teeth in 2 series in upper jaw, with 1 or 2 pairs of strong canines at front; a pair of canine teeth at tip of lower jaw. Dorsal fin with spines, followed by a notch, second part of the fin with 1 spine and several soft rays; anal fin with 2 spines and several soft rays, the second spine short and weak its base behind middle of soft art of dorsal fin; caudal fin rhomboid. Scales cycloid (smooth), but a few ctenoid (rough to touch) on lower part of hind end of body; lateral-line scales reaching to tip of caudal fin. Colour: brownish above, silvery with a golden sheen on flanks and belly, often with oblique dark streaks dorsally. Maximum length: 70 cm.
- Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
- Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
- Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
- Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
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