Adults are reddish with a whitish underside, prominent pale blotches on the upper sides, pink to reddish fins, and a conspicuous black margin anteriorly on dorsal fin (large adults). Juveniles are blackish with several prominent pale bands or spots on the sides and a large black spot on the dorsal and anal fins, and around the pectoral-fin base.
For many years the Foxfish mistakenly took the scientific name Bodianus vulpinus, a name which properly applies to the Western Pigfish. This cool water species occurs on both the eastern and western coasts of Australia with a gap in distribution from St Vincent Gulf, South Australia to eastern Bass Strait.
Source: Fishes of Australia