Beware of the sharp teeth of stripeys when handling them. Their eating qualities are greatly improved when they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- This species is yellow/brown dorsally, grading to white or yellow white ventrally with a series of eight or nine orange or yellow stripes on the sides.
- The fins are yellowish; the pectoral fins have a distinct black spot at the fin base.
- This species matures at around 18-24 cm long (2-4 years old) but is relatively slow growing and long lived. A 33 cm long stripey was found to be 20 years old. Male stripeys tend to grow larger than females.
- The species occurs on coral reefs and in tropical estuaries throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
- In Australia it is found around the tropical and subtropical north of the country, particularly on reef flats of offshore coral reefs.
Fish Size Common Length:
20-30 cm, maximum size around 40 cm.