Banded sea breams have broad flattened bodies and slightly protractile mouths with large slightly slanted canine-like front teeth. They are grey with shades that go from brown to green and become lighter on the abdomen. This species has a broad black band from the nape to the axel of the pectoral fin and another black band on the base of the tail fin.
Hermaphrodite, without a regular succession of sexual phases. A gregarious species when juvenile, becoming solitary in adulthood. Two-banded seabream feed on fish, crustaceans, worms and algae.