Nelusetta ayraud (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)
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.
Juveniles school in estuaries and inshore waters, adults rarely seen by divers, inhabiting deeper rocky reef waters to at least 360m depth.
Juvenile pictured here. Voracious predator, preying on invertebrates and fish, is known to attack fish larger than themselves. This species forms the basis of a commercial fishery in NSW. Juveniles have longitudinal stripes, adults tend to be plain coloured, yellow or brown. Grows to 1m.