Body elongate, compressed; adults with two pairs of curved spines on each side in front of the tail; two separate dorsal fins, the first a prominent spine with serrations along the rear edges, followed by a tiny second spine, enabling the large spine to be locked erect or depressed into a shallow groove along the back. Greenish above, yellowish below with a distinct black horse-shoe shaped marking behind the pectoral fin and blue lines along the bases of the dorsal and anal fins. Males much more brightly coloured than females; juveniles with indistinct markings on sides. To 60 cm.
A distinctly-marked leatherjacket seen on southern reefs.
Rocky reefs in coastal waters, bays and harbours, in depths of 0-30 m.
Southern Australia. In western and central Victoria.
Large dorsal spine could punture skin.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern