Yellowish with dark spots on head and back. Laterally 4 (males) or 3 (females) dark bands across. Triangular dark spot on base of caudal fin. Mature females with yellow belly (ripe eggs shining through). Triangular dark bars beween eys and mouth. No black spot in D1.
Large eyes. Caudal fin slightly emarginate (otherwise only in P. knerii). Praedorsal area and breast naked.
Spawning season April to July.
5 - 120 m. Sandy bottoms and sea grass. Free swimming 10 - 50 cm above the bottom. In danger they flee to the ground. Common to very common in some regions