Body long, slender; snout deep with a median crest; tail fin very small, rounded. Males brood eggs on the underside of the tail just behind the tiny anal fin. Adult females are deeper bodied than males. Light tan to dark brown with small brown spots and dark margined ocelli. Adult males plain brown or with irregular pale streaks and blotches on side. To 25 cm.
This endemic species is sometimes shelters amongst decaying eelgrass leaves on sand flats.
Usually lin sandy areas, near rocks, seagrass or algal beds, in depths of 0-23 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed
- Fisheries Act 1995 : Protected Aquatic Biota