Body robust, tapering towards the tail; head huge, squarish, bony; mouth large, upturned, giving an almost "bulldog"-like appearance; eyes on top of the head as the common name suggests; pectoral fins large, with a stout spine on top of fin base. Body dull greyish to brownish on top, paler below, with two dark bands or saddles across the back and a large dark smudge below the eye; markings becoming indistinct with age. To 75 cm.
Stargazers are ambush predators and frequently bury themselves leaving only their eyes and top of the head exposed. They may be aggressive to divers, and the large spine projecting backwards above the gill opening is reportedly venomous.
Sandy bottoms in sheltered bays and in moderately exposed coastal areas, in depths of 0-150 m.
May be aggressive and has a large venomous spine above gill opening.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed