Body relatively robust, head broader than deep; eyes almost touching,; head pres absent; mouth small; first dorsal fin tall in males; spines absent from second dorsal and anal fins; tail with only 13 segmented rays. Males and females very different in colour. Males mottled brown, greenish or grey, head dark below, 6-8 small dark spots along midsides, a series of pale dashes just below midsides, end of tail base with a dark chevron-shaped bar; females with 1-3 dark vertical bars with white interspaces below first dorsal fin and black pelvic fins; dorsal fins with diagonal stripes. To 4.5 cm.
Usually on sand near seagrass beds and around rocky reefs, in depths of 0-8 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed