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Description: Body thin and long with a markedly narrowed eye (pre-transitional) to large and round (recruits) with a pointed snout and a terminal small mouth. Pectoral fins medium, reach to vent. Pelvic fins stubs. Dorsal and anal-fin bases long, caudal peduncle short. There are no surface or internal melanophores. Transitional recruits show a dark stripe of fine melanophores curving up from the eye across the upper body onto the base of the upper caudal-fin segmented rays. There is a lighter band beneath the stripe ending in a white patch at the base of the central caudal-fin rays.