Body encased in a rigid box-like carapace comprised of large sculptured bony plates, with large recurved spines on bony ridges; dorsal and anal fins opposite and far back on the body; bony plates on tail base well developed, almost encircling tail in adults; lines on snout almost horizontal. Males and females are sexually dimorphic. Males brightly-coloured, with pale blue wavy lines and spots over an orange background. Females and juveniles pale orange to pale brown background with irregular brown and white wavy lines or stripes. To 25 cm.
Shaw's Cowfish feeds on a range of benthic invertebrates, often exposing its prey by blowing a jet of water onto the sediment.
Rocky reefs and seagrass beds in sheltered bays and harbours and along the coast in depths of 10-160 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed