General Description

Body deep, compressed, with a long almost tubular snout and a small mouth; fins tall with a "spikey" appearance, the first few spines and soft rays of the dorsal fin especially elongate. Silvery-white with broad dark angled bands on side, and a curved band from above eye to the chin; juveniles with large spots and blotches overlaying bands. Usually 30 cm long head to tail (up to 50 cm).


A relatively common species on southern reefs, occurring in habitats ranging from shallow estuaries to deeper areas offshore. Usually seen in caves or beneath large overhangs. This species is frequently taken in commercial trawls throughout its range. The fin spines are reportedly venomous.


Southern Australia.


Rocky reefs, to depth of 260 m.

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