Body robust, somewhat oval, brown to greyish on top, white below, covered in long white to yellow spines and 3-4 dark vertical bands or blotches on sides. The spines usually lay flat against the body. When threatened, globefish rapidly inflate themselves with water or air, causing the spines to stand erect. To 30 cm, although most grow to about 15 cm.
When threatened, Globefish greatly inflate their bodies causing their spines to stand erect from the body and becoming spiny "globes".
Common and widespread in a range of habitats, preferring sheltered reefs, and often seen in weedy areas, around jetties and pier piles, in depths of 0-85 m.
Spines on body can inflict injury.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed