Head and body strongly compressed, eyes close together, snout rounded; males develop a large mouth. Pale brown, with dark mottling above with 5-6 dark brown bands on middle to lower sides, belly pale; first dorsal with diagonal stripes. To 5 cm.
This species is rare in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, being more common in eastern areas such as Gippsland Lakes.
Usually in seagrass beds in estuaries and coastal lakes but sometimes found in lower freshwater reaches of rivers, in depths of 0-10 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed