Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 long, strong spines and 10 rays. Anal fin with 3 strong spines and 10 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth 1.9-2.2 in standard length. Body deep. Eye moderate in size. Head profile strongly convex. Maxilla with a longitudinal denticulate ridge. A pair of close-set nasal openings. Caudal fin very slightly forked with broadly rounded lobes.
Colour: Overall silvery-grey suffused with yellow. Margins of scales narrowly brownish. Lips whitish to yellow. Fins yellow, faint brown spotting may be present on soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins.
Habitat and Biology: Inhabits outer edge of reefs and continental shelves at depths ranging from 100 to 180 m. Feeds on bottom-living invertebrates and small fishes.
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
Remarks: Wattsia mossambica is a rather deep-dwelling species, hence it is not encountered very often. It is
occasionally caught in Maldives with deep handlines (usually deeper than 70 m) outside the atolls.