The bigscale bullseye is pale to dark brown or silvery with thick brown stripes along the scale rows.
The fins are dusky. Juveniles are paler with black-tipped and yellow pelvic fins. It is a deep-bodied, compressed species with a very large eye, and a large oblique mouth. The bullseye live in temperate waters of southern Australia. They are a common fish found in large schools on rocky reefs in depths from 4 to 30 metres. They grow to approximately 22cm. They feed on plankton, small crustaceans, and cephalopods. This species usually shelters in caves and ledges during the day, venturing out at night to feed.