Body long, slender, often maroon in colour, darker above, abruptly pale below with 5 broad angled bands on sides, and irregular dark spots on head. To 20 cm.
These wrasses swim in short bursts, head up with a bobbing motion, and lie in a curled position when resting.
Sandy areas near reefs and boulders on the east coast, on algal-covered reefs on the west coast, in depths of 4-40 m.
Southern Australia. Rare in Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed