(Image credit: Rick Stuart-Smith, Reef Life Survey)
Pointed snout with a small mouth. Juveniles have broad longitudinal stripes along the body that break up into multicoloured lines with growth. Adults have a blue stripe along the base of the dorsal fin; a yellow stripe from behind the eye that finishes as a black spot on the caudal peduncle (where the tail fin attaches). Tail in adults with a long yellowish-brown filament. Three bluish stripes across the snout, with yellow in between.
Length: Up to 30 cm
Shallow sandy areas near reef edges. Juveniles shelter in areas with rocky debris
In New South Wales, log if spotted in Port Stephens and south
Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.
Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:
Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne
Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/