Body robust, compressed, with a slender tail base, thick lips, and pectoral fins with lower rays thickened, the uppermost thickened ray noticeably extended. Adults dark blue above, paler below, with wavy yellow and blue lines radiating from the eye, a faint dark blotch just below centre of lateral line; dorsal, anal and tail with yellow spots or wavy lines. Juveniles with alternating yellow and blue lines on body and more distinct lateral blotch. To 1 m.
This species is fished commercially and is good eating.
Temperate waters, usually on deeper coastal reefs, in depths of 5-240 m.
Eastern and southern Australia.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed