Robust head and body, tapering toward tail base; head rather smooth, armed with low spines, eyes large; anterior dorsal-fin spines very long, only connected at base; pectoral fins large, not reaching beyond anal fin origin; underside of lower jaw with many tiny pores on either side. Greyish to mottled red above with 3 diffuse darker saddle-like bands, underside pale; spinous dorsal fin with 2 dark blotches. To 40 cm.
The largest scorpionfish in Port Phillip Bay, and occasionally taken on hook and line. It is considered very good eating and taken in commercial trawls. The fin spines are venomous and can inflict a very painful wound.
Hard bottom areas in bays and along the coast, in depths of 1-180 m.
Venomous 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