Head and body robust; spines on cheeks, gill covers and a pair on top of the head. Mottled reddish to reddish-brown with darker blotches and whitish patches, and a black spot on the dorsal fin. Some individuals with a white band behind the eyes and on the tail base. To 30 cm.
This well-camouflaged species has venomous fin spines.
Rocky reefs and soft bottoms in bays and along the coast, in depths of 1-188 m.
New Zealand and south-eastern Australia.
Venomous spines can inflict mild to severe pain.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed