New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia
Extra Distribution Information
From west of North West Cape (22º27´S) WA to off Newcastle (33º07´S) NSW; tropical, Indo-west Pacific.
Timor Transition (1), Tasman Basin Province (13), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41), Central Western Transition (5)
Benthic, continental shelf, continental slope, marine, rock bottom–marine.
The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Body oval, strongly compressed. Posterior nostril large, slit-like, close to eye ondorsal surface of snout. mouth olbique; Teeth villiform, in broad bands on jaws, vomer and palatines. Dorsal fin notched, with X spines and 11 rays; anal fin with III spines and 9 or 10 rays. Body scales margined with minute spines. Body bright scarlet with 3-4 narrow pale vertical bars; median fins with narrow black margin; pelvic fins dark red, blackish distally.
Associated with rocky habitats and known from 80 to more than 100 m depth but probably also occurring in shallower water, especially as juveniles. Eggs are pelagic, small and spherical.
Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from Red Sea to South Africa; southern Japan to the Arafura Sea, western Australia and Queensland. It is found in northeastern and western Taiwanese waters.