Body slender, compressed; dorsal fin not subdivided into two, anterior dorsal-fin spines low, hind margin of dorsal fin connected to base of tail fin; orbital tentacle simple, very short to absent. Head and body brown, with two or three dark bars extending from behind each eye to gill cover; a black oval spot sometimes below first dorsal fin; dorsal, anal, and tail dark with white tips; pectoral fins with basal quarter dark, remainder with spots forming transverse bands. To 14 cm.
A rare species in Victorian waters.
Amongst vegetation in bays, along the coast and in tide pools, in depths of 0-20 m.
New Zealand and south-eastern Australia, including western and central Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed