Relatively large and robust species with pointed dorsal and anal fins, and a short extension of the lower lobe of the caudal fin. Colour pattern of males is quite variable. Dorsal fin rays 10–11, anal fin 15–16 rays, D/A=1/10-11. Scales in longitudinal series, 30–31.
Maximum size: male 80 mm TL, female 70 mm TL.
Coloration: males, pale brown-grey. Sides with a strong light green to golden iridescence, most intense ventrally and may appear as central spots on each scale. Most flank scales with red to dark red-brown spots arranged in longitudinal lines. Sides also with 6–8 wide, vertical dark bars. Between bars less extensive and narrower “shadow” bars may be present. In breeding condition, all bars become indistinct. Unpaired fins may vary from pale red, through orange, to pale blue, and all have small red-brown spots and narrow dark brown margins. Females, grey-brown with brown spots arranged in longitu¬dinal rows lines, and ventrally 6–8 distinct vertical dark bars. Unpaired fins colourless or pale orange with small brown spots.
(Source: J. R. Van Der Zee, T. Woeltjes, & R. H. Wildekamp 2008 in Stiassny, Teugels & Hopkins 2008.)