Body robust, head pointed, mouth small; fleshy cirri on nostrils and on the tips of the dorsal-fin spines; pectoral fins large with thickened lower rays extending noticeably past edge of membrane. Heavily mottled grey to brown. To 20 cm.
A shy species, the Western Kelpfish generally shelters beneath ledges and in caves during the day. In areas of heavy surf, kelpfish use their large pectoral fins to wedge themselves amongst holes in the rocks so they are not swept away.
Coastal reefs, often in the surge zone, in depths of 0-10 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed