General Description

Body long, slender, with long-based low dorsal and anal fins; snout long, pointed; teeth in jaws fused. Juveniles and females greenish with a silver stripe along the sides, males bluish with faint bars or markings on the sides and a blue area around the anus. To 40 cm.


Although relatively common, this well-camouflaged species is rarely seen. It is sometimes taken as bycatch in commercial nets and is occasionally taken by anglers.


Southern Australia.


In bays, harbours and along the coast, usually in seagrass beds and on shallow reefs with good algal cover, in depths of 1-15 m.

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