General Description

Body relatively deep; first dorsal fin often higher than second dorsal fin, especially in males; second dorsal and anal fins beginning with a spine. Body relatively dark, greyish brown and mottled with reddish spots forming stripes on dorsal fin; a thin brown bar from eye to middle of jaw; midsides with 5-8 dark brown blotches; a thin broken silver stripe just below midsides; a wide v-shaped brown bar before tail; head and anal fin dark in males, fin clear in females; first dorsal fin black anteriorly. To 6 cm.


A common species on sandy areas. Males signal to others with their high dorsal fin.


Southern Australia.


Sandy areas near seagrass beds and rocky reefs in bays and estuaries, in depths of 0-20 m.

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