General Description

Body very slender, snake-like, tapering to a point, with low dorsal and anal fins barely reaching tail tip, small prominent pectoral fins and long slender jaws, the upper extending beyond the lower. Greenish to sandy-brown, juveniles silvery. To 2.5 m.


Juveniles are found in bays and estuaries, often with their heads protruding from the sand, while adults live offshore. They have powerful jaws armed with sharp teeth and should be handled with great care.


Southern Australia.


Temperate waters, burrowing into sandy and silty bottoms in bays, estuaries and along the coast, in depths of 0-550 m.

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