Differs from other grunters in having a dark patch behind the opercle, three or four dark bands down the body, and spotted dorsal, anal and tail fins. It commonly occurs in schools on coastal seagrass beds in southern WA, with a few stragglers recorded from SA.
Max Size: 38 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 17.1-23.7°C
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (8% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Many (18 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney