Body long, slender; dorsal-fin long-based, extending from above eyes to tail base; anterior dorsal-fin spines high; skin velvety. Brownish to purple with blackish spots and white marbling. To 20 cm.
Although reasonably common, the Velvetfish is rarely seen due to its excellent camouflage. The fin spines are venomous.
Rocky, weedy and seagrass areas in bays and along the coast, in depths of 1-20 m.
The venomous fin spines can inflict mild to severe pain.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed