Body moderately elongate, compressed; pectoral fins elongate; dorsal fin long-based; tail forked. Overall pinkish above, paler below. Adults sparsely spotted, with a black blotch on sides above anal fin spines, pale blue fin margins and a blue band behind the eye. To a length of 30 cm.
These fishes form large schools, feeding on plankton above high profile rocky reefs and drop-offs. Although individuals rarely enter bays, they occur in shallower waters in the southern parts of their range.
Pelagic around high profile rocky reefs and drop-offs, in depths of 4-100 m.
New Zealand and southern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed