Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia where it is recorded from the North West Shelf of Western Australia and eastern Australia from northern Queensland as far south as Sydney in New South Wales.
Inhabits coral and rocky reef habitats as well as silty estuarine habitats.
Variable colouration from yellowish to dark brown with pale spots and a number of large dark blotches behind eye. Grows to around 80 cm.
Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.32.
FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Gymnothorax-cribroris.html. Accessed 27/05/18.