Body very long, slender, with long rays projecting from the tail, a blunt head, and a low, long-based dorsal fin. Pinkish-brown, pale below, with a large black blotch at the tail base and bright blue eyes. To 15 cm.
These fishes form small to very large schools near caves and ledges, and under jetties and piers, feeding on zooplankton in the water column. Their common name is derived from the behaviour of constantly flicking their tails, resembling the skirts of hula dancers.
Sheltered coastal reefs and rocky areas in bays and estuaries, in depths of 1-35 m.
South-eastern Australia, including western and central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed