Moderately deep-bodied wrasses. Adults overall greenish-blue to brown, with a purple tinge, and five indistinct yellowish bars on body and fins. Juveniles reddish-brown with green and orange mottling. To 45 cm.
These fishes are carnivores with strong canines and crushing teeth for feeding on benthic invertebrates such as crabs, bivalve and gastropod molluscs and echinoderms. Juveniles prey on tiny amphipod and isopod crustaceans.
Kelp beds on exposed and moderately rocky reefs, in depths of 1-90 m.
New Zealand and south-eastern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern