Adults brightly-coloured, orange to pink to brick red, with yellow on tail and tail base, mauve on head and anterior part of body, pectoral fin mauve with a red base, dorsal and anal fins edged with iridescent blue; females less intense, juveniles uniformly pink with pale blue fins. To 30 cm (females to 20 cm).
A schooling species that feeds on zooplankton. Males become very brightly coloured when breeding.
Exposed reefs and pinnacles, in depths of 20-365 m.
New Zealand and southern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed