Body slender, head broader than deep, cheeks not bulbose; eyes close together; gill opening on each side extending forward to below gill cover; mouth small, reaching to below front quarter of eyes. Sandy brown, with dark brown and white speckling above, pale below; a brown stripe from eye to above middle of jaws; about 5 pairs of black spots on midside; belly and lower sides often with irregular, more or less, vertical thin white lines. First dorsal fin of males dark with a pale margin, first spine elongate. To 8 cm.
On sandy bottoms in estuaries and bays, often in association with sea grass beds.
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