Body rather long, compressed, moderately deep; tail base narrow; dorsal and anal fins low, dorsal fin deeply notched; tail deeply forked; pectoral fin bluntly pointed, upper rays longest. Silvery grey with greenish brown to brown irregular slender markings above lateral line, margin of pectoral fins and tail black, eye yellowish white. To 65 cm.
These fishes usually occur in small numbers but schools of thousands have been seen by divers. Their flesh is considered very good eating.
On rocky reefs, in depths of 2-60 m.
New Zealand and south-eastern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed