Body slender, compressed; pectoral fins elongate; dorsal fin long-based; tail forked. Males and females are sexually dimorphic. Males bluish above, yellowish on sides with a distinct vertical black bar above anal-fin spines. Females pinkish with a blue line below the eye; small juveniles pink with a dark mauve head. To a length of 26 cm.
These fishes form large schools on sheltered coastal reefs, feeding on plankton above rocky reefs, outcrops and drop offs. They are usually found at shallower depths and in more sheltered habitats than Butterfly Perch.
Above rocky reefs, outcrops and drop offs, in depths of 7-100 m.
New Zealand and southern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed