Body robust, compressed, head profile concave with a pair of small horns in front of the eyes; lips thick, rubbery; lower pectoral-fin rays thickened and elongate. Body with three broad black bands, the first on the head, the second encircling the body behind the head and the third crossing the anal fin and soft dorsal fin. The middle band is dark in some individuals and light grey in others and the reddish tail of juveniles darkens with maturity. To 40 cm.
This species is often seen sheltering in small groups in caves.
Sheltered and exposed coastal reefs, found in caves and under overhangs, in depths of 0-25 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed