Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia, known from southern Queensland around the southern half of the continent, excepting southern Tasmania. Also known from northern New Zealand.
Adults frequent continental shelf and slopes, juveniles inshore over seagrass, sand and rocky reef. Depth to 360 m.
Juveniles with distinct brown stripes, adults plain brown-yellow to reddish-brown. Juvenile pictured here. Feed on salps, gastropod molluscs, crustaceans and fish. Grows to 1 m.
Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.408.
Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Nelusetta+ayraud. Accessed 08/06/18.
FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/nelusetta-ayraud.html. Accessed 08/06/18.