Body long, slender; head stout, snout long; eye small, on top of head; anterior dorsal-fin rays long, especially in males. Red to purplish above, pale below, fins yellow, with red, orange and brown blotches and spots, eye orange. To 69 cm.
This species feeds on molluscs, crustaceans and other fishes. The flesh is considered good eating.
Subtropical and temperate waters, in bays, inlets and inshore and offshore reefs, especially areas with macroalgal cover, in depths of 15-250 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed