General Description

Body slender, compressed, with long based, low dorsal and anal fins; snout pointed; jaw teeth fused into a beak. Juveniles and females greenish to brown above, with a dark stripe from the snout tip to the tail base, whitish below. Males reddish-brown or bluish with red and blue wavy lines on the head and blue fin margins. To 16 cm.

Biology

A common species in Port Phillip Bay, although adults are often in deeper seagrass beds and not usually seen by divers.

Distribution

Southern Australia.

Habitat

In bays, estuaries and along the coast, in seagrass beds and on rocky reefs, in depths of 1-22 m.

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