Head and body somewhat compressed, robust anteriorly, tapering towards tail; dorsal fin long-based; long fleshy fringed tentacles above each eye; large individuals with bulbous heads. Pale brownish to bluish grey, covered in very fine spots or stipples. Males with about 6 indistinct darker saddle-like markings above midline of body; females with indistinct saddles, each broken up into a checkerboard pattern. To 13 cm.
This species is very common in Port Phillip Bay, especially in tide pools and around jetties or pylons. Individuals are also seen poking their heads from small holes and crevices, or even from discarded cans and bottles.
Shallow rocky reefs in sheltered bays and estuaries, in depths of 0-10 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed