Body oval, compressed, head blunt, tail base long; two large short-based dorsal fins set close together; pelvic fins large; body covered in large rough scales. Colour variable from pinkish to reddish to dusky-brown, with irregular spots and speckles; a darker diagonal line on cheek from below eye. To 15 cm.
This nocturnal species hides in caves and under ledges during the day. Males brood the developing eggs in their large mouths.
Shallow inshore to deeper offshore reefs, in depths of 1-65 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed