Male Sixspine Leatherjackets are usually blue with yellow blotches. There are blue lines and dots on the head and below the dorsal and anal fins.
Females are pale green, yellow or brown and usually have three to five broad brown stripes.
The colour pattern can be variable. Fish across the distribution can look quite different.
Both sexes have five to eight spines on the caudal peduncle, those of male fish are longer
Images showing the key charateristics of this species to help with identification
Juveniles are found in shallow water, commonly in seagrass beds. Adults are found on coastal and offshore reefs, to depths of 50 m or more
The Sixspine Leatherjacket is endemic to Australia. It occurs in southern Australian waters from northern New South Wales to Western Australia including Tasmania
Grows up to around 60cm