Body long, head small, narrow, slightly flattened, corner of gill cover with two spines, upper longer than lower. Usually greenish to pale brown above, with darker bands and a broken mid-lateral stripe, pale below; some with a spotted or marbled pattern. Tail yellow, covered in dusky spots. To 60 cm.
The numbers of Rock Flathead are increasing in south-eastern Tasmania. They are most active at night, and their fin spines are venomous.
Bays and along the coast, prefers weed-covered rocky reefs or seagrass beds, in depths of 1-20 m.
Venomous spines can inflict mild to severe pain.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed