Body very long, slender; snout short, upper surface usually flat to slightly convex, snout ridge low; pectoral and tail fins small. Colour highly variable - mottled light brown with darker squarish blotches on lower half of trunk rings, or, with diffuse whitish patches above; orange below with a series of orange-brown blotches along sides; individuals sometimes plain with a series of dark bars on top, or overall mottled and variegated. To 19 cm.
Juveniles often live amongst decaying seagrass leaves.
Shallow seagrass, eelgrass and macroagal habitats in sheltered bays and estuaries, in depths of 1-11m.
Southern Australia, including western and central 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