Body robust, oval, compressed, snout rounded; mouth small, jaws not reaching eye; posterior tips of long-based dorsal and anal fins pointed, anterior soft portion of dorsal and anal fins not elevated; tail broadly forked. Silvery grey, darker above, with silvery streaks on lower half of side; head with dark horizontal stripe from corner of mouth and dark posterior edge on gill cover, tail mostly black at rear. To 80 cm.
These fishes are solitary or occur in small groups and large schools. Juveniles are often well-offshore among floating debris. They are uncommon in Victorian waters.
Around shallow reefs exposed to rough seas and in tidal channels of large estuaries, in depths of 1-30 m.
New Zealand and southern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed