Easily recognised with the pale yellow fins, pale silvery body with eight to nine dagger shaped bars tapering it. It occurs abundantly in schools of 5–30.
This fish has a long based dorsal fin and a large forked caudal fin and it has a small mouth
This species is listed under two different families Girellidae (Nibblers) & Kyphosidae (Sea chubs), Some authorities raise the subfamilies to full family status as the families Girellidae, Kyphosidae, Microacanthidae and Scorpididae and do not support the monophyly of the Kyphosidae. It appears that in Australia we support the Girellidae as it's family although either are accpetable
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Bays, estuaries and coastal reefs, in depths of up to 20 meters locally common species along the shoreline reefs
Endemic to the southern half of Australia, from Clarence River, New South Wales, to Port Denison, Western Australia, and Tasmania
Grows to a maximum of around 54cm