Head slightly compressed; snout short, blunt; mouth oblique, terminal, reaching to below middle of eye; eyes large, close together on top of head; gill opening restricted to pectoral-fin base; pectoral fins with terminal filaments; males with a long pointed tail. Overall greyish to pale olive-brown with iridescent pale blue spots along sides; two oblique dark bands originating on head below eye, upper breaking up into diffuse purplish-brown spots running from pectoral-fin base to lower sides above anal fin. To 18 cm.
This is one of the larger and more colourful gobies in southern waters.
Builds burrows in muddy and silty areas in shallow estuaries and mudflats near seagrass beds in bays, harbours and coastal lagoons.
New Zealand and southern Australia.
Introduced to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed