Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Actinopterygii
Order : Perciformes
Genus : Scatophagus
Species : argus
Author : Linnaeus, 1766


Max. size: 38.0 cm TL.
Max. published weight: 1050-1200 gm.
Color: Ground colour greenish. Juveniles with a few large roundish blotches, about size of eye, or with about 5 or 6 broad, dark, vertical bars. In large adults, spots may be faint and restricted to dorsal part of flanks.
Body quadrangular, strongly compressed. Dorsal head profile steep. Eye moderately large, its diameter somewhat smaller than snout length. Snout rounded. Mouth small, horizontal, not protractile. Teeth villiform, in several rows on jaws. Dorsal spines (total): 10-11, Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-18, Anal spines: 4, Anal soft rays: 13-15.