Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea(Randall et al.,1990)
Dorsal fin with IX spines and 15 to 17 rays; the membranes indented between the spines; anal fin with III spines and 8 rays, the second spine 15 to 18% of standard length, reaching past tip of third spine; pectoral-fin rays 16 or 17; pectoral fins longer than pelvic fins, pectoral-fin length contained 1.3 to 1.6 times in head length; pelvic fins usually reaching to or beyond anus, pelvic-fin length contained 1.7 to 2.2 times in head length; caudal fin well rounded. Body scales ctenoid, without auxiliary scales; lateral-line scales 46 to 51; lateral-scale series 86 to 100.
is usually found in 4 to 30 m on silty dead reefs in protected waters; also taken in trawls to depths of 64 m. According to Myers (1989), it feeds primarily on crustaceans. Donaldson (1989) observed courtship and pair spawning at Papua Ne
is primarily continental in its distribution, occurring from Kenya to southern Mozambique and eastward to the western Pacific (Ryukyu Islands Taiwan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, and eastern Australia).
is too small to be of commercial importance.