This species is characterized by having head and body with numerous reddish-brown bars of variable width, separated by narrow white bars. The pectoral fins are enlarged and wing-like with rays free of membrane distally. There are no spots on the median fins and generally, its shorter dorsal spines.
Maximum length: 24.3 cm (TL), common length: 18-22 cm (TL)
Feeds on crabs, shrimps and small fishes
It is popular as an aquarium fish