The banded galjoen is a flattened fish with a robust body.
It is grey, always with exactly 14 bands of alternating light and dark bands. Its body is covered in small scales, including its fins.
It lives in turbulent coastal waters off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal where it preys upon bottom-dwelling invertebrates.
Every year, the banded galjoen returns to the coast to spawn in spring and winter. Juveniles remain in rock pools until they are strong enough to survive in open water.
Grows up to 35cm and 2kg.