The Goldsinny is the smallest wrasse that occurs in the sea around Ireland. The Adult fish are usually about 12cm in length. They have a slender body with a pointed head, small mouth and relatively large eye. The Goldsinny is golden or pinkish brown with a black patch at the base of the first few dorsal fin rays and also a conspicuous black spot just behind the dorsal fin, in front of the tail.
The goldsinny is widely distributed around Ireland, it is usually found on dives in rocky or boulder areas with lots nooks and crevices where it can hide. It is most common at depths between 10-50m. It is thought to feed on a diet of small crustaceans and molluscs. It can be seen in most dive sites on the Cork and Kerry coast.