Body very compressed, roughly circular in females and juveniles, oval in males; ventral flap small; tail base shallow without spines; dorsal spine above eye with small barbs; abdomen not inflatable. Adults usually blue to brown-grey with yellow spots and patches on side. Young fish yellow or pale grey, with horizontal blue lines or brown blotches on the side. To 60 cm.
These leatherjackets are reasonably common on deeper offshore reefs and trawling grounds, also in harbours and bays. Juveniles are frequently around piers and jetties, or under jellyfishes.
Inshore and offshore reefs, in depths of 6-150 m.
Large dorsal spine could punture skin.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed