Body robust anteriorly, slender posteriorly; head broader than deep, eyes almost touching; gill openings broad; several large sensory pores on head; top of head scaled to behind eyes. Pale grey to brown, with scattered white and brown flecks; a black bar from eye across middle of jaws; a black vertical bar from eye to just behind rear end of jaw; vertical bar on gill cover; midside with 4-6 horizontally elongate dark brown spots; a round black spot at rear end of caudal peduncle, followed by and often connected to black vertical mark at tail base; mature males with vertical bars on body onto belly; pale below. To 9 cm.
This species is abundant in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria
On sandy bottoms in bays and estuaries, in depths of 0-5 m.
Mostly south-eastern Australia.
Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed