General Description

Body slender, with a small, narrow slightly flattened head, corner of gill cover with two spines, upper longer than lower; greenish to pale brown above, paler below, with darker bands including one through the eyes, a broken mid-lateral stripe and a yellow tail covered in dusky spots; some individuals spotted or marbled; juveniles strongly banded. Usually 35 cm long head to tail tip (up to 50 cm).


Generally active at night, this flathead rarely buries in sand and is usually seen resting amongst seagrasses or seaweed during the day.


Southern Australia.


Sand and seagrass beds in shallow bays.

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