General Description

Body moderately deep, head rounded with two large short-based dorsal fins set close together and large pelvic fins. Reddish-brown to brown, with fine darker spots and speckles, and a darker diagonal line on cheek below eye. Maximum total length 14 cm.


A common nocturnal species that feeds on zooplankton. Males incubate the developing eggs in their large mouths - hence the common name.


South-eastern Australia.


Rocky reefs in caves and under ledges to depth of 65 m.

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