Body elongate, very compressed, oblong in males, deeper in females; tail base shallow; ventral flap moderate to large; central pair of teeth in each jaw pointed; skin rough to touch, scales spiny, each with a tiny mushroom-shaped cap. Colour variable, whitish to yellowish to greenish to brown, with squarish darker blotches along midline, with a bluish, blackish or brownish blotch above pectoral fin, tail with a short black bar on upper and lower corners. To 30 cm.
A fairly common species. Small juveniles often swim under floating seaweed.
Seagrass beds in bays, estuaries and near coastal reefs, in depths of 0-30 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed