Body long, moderately slender, head large, dorsal profile slightly convex, hind margin of gill cover with a pointed flap and three spines, eyes on top of head. Mouth large, extending beyond eye, front of jaws with enormous canine teeth visible when mouth closed. Colours highly variable: orange, pink green, brown and red forms, greyish below, with large yellow to green spots below and bluish spots above, head and upper body with blue dashes or dots, and a large red blotch at pectoral-fin base. To 76 cm.
These fishes occur mostly in areas with caves and large boulders.
Exposed reefs, to depth of 30 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