General Description

Head and body robust; spines on cheeks, gill covers and a pair on top of the head. Mottled reddish to reddish-brown with darker blotches and whitish patches, and a black spot on the dorsal fin. Some individuals with a white band behind the eyes and on the tail base. To 30 cm.


This well-camouflaged species has venomous fin spines.


New Zealand and south-eastern Australia.


Rocky reefs and soft bottoms in bays and along the coast, in depths of 1-188 m.

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