Head and body compressed, wedge-shaped, dorsal fin joined to tail fin; lack pelvic fins and scales, and are covered in wart-like bumps. Vary from red to orange, brown to a dirty yellow or white, often with darker blotches. To 22 cm.
These sedentary fishes regularly shed their skin to prevent the build-up of fouling organisms. The warty skin enhances their camouflage. When disturbed, they often release a cloud of noxious liquid.
Rocky reefs and seagrass or algal beds on coastal reefs and in bays and harbours, usually in association with sponges, at depths of 1-45 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed