Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 8 spines, second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 8 rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 6 rays. Pectoral fin with 15 or 16 (usually 16). Body depth 3.3-3.7 in standard length. Body moderately elongate. Chin with two very long slender barbels reaching to pelvic fin base. Two vertical rows of scales between dorsal fins. Last dorsal and anal rays prolonged.
Colour: Reddish brown, pale ventrally and posteriorly. A black stripe on upper side and a large black spot on caudal peduncle. Base and rear of second dorsal fin black.
Habitat and Biology: Found in shallow, sandy and weedy bottoms. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific. -Remarks: Parupeneus macronemus is easily distinguished from other related species by the elongate filamentous last rays of its second dorsal and anal fins, which reach the caudal fin base.