Body long, slender, strongly compressed, tail base very narrow; dorsal fin in two parts, the first tall, short-based, arising in front of eyes, separated from long-based second dorsal fin; pelvic fins with a tiny spine and three rays. Mottled, reddish-brown to green, sometimes with scattered dark brown spots; body often with faint irregular brown bands and a distinct dark oblique bar from eye to rear of mouth. To 18 cm.
Like many other fishes in the family Clinidae, this species has internal fertilisation and gives birth to live young.
Coastal areas around rocky reefs and kelp beds, in depths of 2-20 m.
New Zealand. South-eastern and south-western Australia, including central and eastern Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed