General Description

Body moderately deep, compressed; dorsal fin continuous, long-based with a distinct notch between the spinous and soft portions; lower pectoral-fin rays unbranched and thickened; lips thick and fleshy. Silvery to pale brown with 7-8 broad, reddish-brown to almost black bands on sides, the first 3-4 angled forwards; subsequent bands nearly vertical; fins slightly darker with dark margins. Maximum total length 70 cm.


A large morwong usually seen around kelp areas on exposed rocky reefs, and abundant on deeper reefs in Tasmania.


New Zealand and south-eastern Australia.


Rocky reefs, to depth of 50 m.

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