Body elongate, rounded, densely covered in small spines to tail base; chin not prominent; nostril with single small tentacle; pectoral fin small, somewhat bilobed. Pale to medium brown or grey above, pale below, with a thin, black ring around the pectoral-fin base. Adult males with blue spots on head and sides, and a thin, blue margin around the black ring. To 25 cm.
This species is often taken as bycatch in commercial trawls.
On sandy bottoms and rocky reef in bays, estuaries and along the coast, in depths of 1-146 m.
Poisonous toxins in body.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed