Body almost eel-like, with a rounded head, a small underslung mouth and short fleshy nasal barbels; two dorsal fins of similar size, well back on the body, the first arising between the pelvic and anal fins. Greyish to brownish with indistinct dark saddles and pale spots on body; a distinctive broad black collar speckled with small white spots behind head. To 92 cm.
Although relatively common, this nocturnal species hides in caves, crevices, under ledges and amongst kelp beds during the day, and is rarely seen. It feeds mostly on shellfish.
Rocky reefs bays, estuaries and coastal waters, in depths of 3-180 m.
Although considered harmless to humans, has the potential to bite.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern