General Description

Small slender fish with three separate dorsal fins; orbital tentacle a fleshy, multi-lobed, fringed tentacle; nasal tentacle on tubular anterior nostril simple; first dorsal fin lower than second; pectoral fins large, middle rays extend beyond middle of third dorsal fin. Colour variable, ranging from pinkish, orange to brown or grey with a prominent band below eye and 7-8 irregular but evenly-spaced bars on upper surface; first dorsal fin with a large black spot. To 8 cm.


A common species on rocky reefs.


Southern Australia.


Rocky reefs and jetty pylons in harbours, bays and estuaries, and along the coast, in depths of 0-13 m.

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