Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 10 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 10 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth 1.9-2.3 in standard length. Body oblong. Dorsal and ventral profile of head evenly convex, or ventral profile slightly straighter. Eyes relatively large, 6 moderate canines in front of each jaw. Posterior part of jaws reaching to about level of anterior nostrils.
Colour: Overall silvery, frequently with a diffused to vivid pattern of 5 to 8 narrow dark bars on side. Often a narrow brown bar across bases of caudal fin. Some adult individuals possess a few scattered blue spots or scribbling on the snout and cheek. Dark subocular bar present.
Habitat and Biology: Inhabits coastal waters, usually at depths between 20-80 m, sometimes forms schools. Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates.
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
Remarks: Gymnocranius griseus is characterised by a relatively deep body in both small juveniles and adults. Fishes of this family are food fishes, which are marketed fresh or dried and salted. Lobotes microprion Bleeker is a junior synonym based on the juvenile.