The Dragonet is a small, temperate water fish that has strong spines at the rear of the head.
The Dragonet has a moderately elongate body and large pectoral fins. Its head is triangular when viewed from above. There is a strong spine projecting from upper margin of the operculum.
The species is variably coloured from blue-grey to light brown. It has red to brown mottling on the sides. The fins have red and yellow blotches.
It is found in a range of habitats including rocky reefs, tide pools and wharf pilings in temperate marine waters.
The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from southern New South Wales to the central coast of South Australia and throughout coastal Tasmania.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
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