The body is relatively high and particularly compressed. The mouth is slightly protractile with large slightly slanted canine-like front teeth. Sharpsnout seabream are grey with brownish nuances becoming greenish on the belly. They have a broad black band from the nape to the axil of the pectoral fin and a dark ring around the base of the tail fin.
Hermaphrodite, without a regular succession of sexual phases. A gregarious species when juvenile, becoming solitary in adulthood. Sharpsnout seabream feed on fish, crustaceans, worms and algae.