These antennals have a huge body, devoid of scales which seems mishappen because covered in warts. They can grow to 40 cm.
The dorsal fins are spiny. The first is composed of three spines the first of which is located just above the mouth, in between the eyes. It supports a shred of skin which it can transform into a fishing line. The pectoral, and pelvic fins are stalked and resemble paws.
On the other side, the caudale fin is small.
The gill openings, of small size, are located at the base of the pectoral fins. The mouth is very big, with a prominent lower jaw. It is placed sideways and opens largely on the top to inhale pray. The teeth are villiform.
The eyes are placed on the very top of the head and close to one another.
The colouration, browny yellow, is variable according to the habitat, mimic obligations. The senegalensis species is recognizable due to a large black marking haloed with light located on the base of the rear dorsal fin.