Body long, slender, strongly compressed; orbital tentacle broad, flattened, with many lobes at tip; nasal tentacle short, with prominent lobes; first dorsal fin arising over middle of gill cover, first few dorsal-fin spines with free, branched tips; pelvic fins with a small spine and 2 segmented rays (3rd ray tiny, hidden in skin); anal fin broadly connected by a membrane to about middle of tail base. Head and body tan, with a dark brown stripe along back, stripe sometimes broken with 4-6 brown bars extending below; anterior lateral line scales often black. To 10 cm.
A rare species in Victorian waters.
In seagrass beds and on rocky reefs amongst macroalgae, in depths of 1-18 m.
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