Body long, slender; snout long, tubular snout; tail fin small, distinct. Golden-brown with a dark-edged silvery-white stripe on each side of head below the eye. Mature females with pale blue line from interorbital along side of dorsal ridge to below middle of dorsal fin; many small pale ocelli above with pale blue chevron-shaped vertical line on each ring below. Adult males with a series of white spots just above pouch. To 22 cm.
Prefers deeper hard bottomed areas of bays and estuaries, amongst brown macroalgae, in depths of 7-45 m.
Tasmanian and Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed
- Fisheries Act 1995 : Protected Aquatic Biota