- Photo. (c) 2019 John Nevill.
Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal soft rays: 24-26; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 23-24.
Body grey to brown with thin blue stripes continuing onto head. Double yellow band between eyes that continues behind eyes as a yellow patch to the edge of the operculum. Peduncle spine with yellow socket. Caudal and anal fins exhibit yellowish-brown tinge.
Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown Max Length: 50cm TL
Habitat and Ecology:
Inhabit steep slopes on coral reefs or over rocky susbstrata (5-100m depth, usually 5-45m) often in turbid waters. Generally feeds above the bottom on zooplankton mid-water. Juveniles feed on benthic algae. Forms large resident spawning aggregations.
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the fish trap fishery.
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