Common around reefs along the southern coast and Bass Strait down to 30 metres.
Magpie perch are rarely caught by line and normally feed on small invertebrates that are sucked off the bottom with a mouthful of sediment. However, they will take baits such as sand worms and pipis using a very small hook. Most commonly taken in gillnets set over reef areas but normally only in small amounts.
Magpie perch have extremely sharp dorsal spines which easily break off in the skin causing a great deal of pain.
Magpie perch are tasty eating and can be frozen because of their firm white flesh. The fillets are thin so be careful not to overcook them.