Robust head and body, tapering toward tail base, head armed with low spines, region between eyes flat and scaled; anterior dorsal-fin spines very long, only connected at base, 4th spine longest; pectoral fins large, hind margin rounded; underside of lower jaw with 3 large distinct pores on either side. Yellowish, usually with 5 large poorly-defined dark blotches on side, especially below spinous and soft parts of dorsal fin body. To 32 cm.
Although common, especially in moderately deep waters, this species is rarely seen by anglers. It is taken as bycatch in commercial trawls. The venomous fin spines can inflict a very painful wound. The species is no longer found in Port Phillip (Victoria), although there are confirmed records from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
On and near rocky reefs at depths of 43-288 m, but usually 50-200 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