Head and body rounded; scales rough, firmly-attached; belly with a row of large scutes; anus just before anal fin; scutes absent between anus and anal fin; dorsal fin single, tall, on the middle of the back; tail forked. Reddish brown with broad white and brown vertical bands on gill cover; fins except pectoral with white leading edge and a dark brown band from base to fin tip. Juveniles with a striking black and white pattern. To 18 cm.
This nocturnal species is usually seen under ledges or hovering around cave entrances during the day. When disturbed, it may release a noxious substance into water as a defence mechanism.
Moderately exposed rocky reefs, in depths of 0-30 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed