Dorsal spines: 3; Dorsal rays: 26-28; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 23-26.
Adults have longitudinal scale rows flanks. Variable body colour: yellowish-brown to dark brown some individual may be largely yellow posteriorly. The bar running from behind the eye through the pectoral fin base can be yellow to green, whitish to blue, or black. Bluish-purple rim around mouth extending broadly down chin and belly. Deep groove in front of eye. Scales with small spines forming longitudinal lines from caudal peduncle to below middle of soft dorsal fin. Caudal fin triangular and truncate with broad white edge. Juveniles are yellowish above, white below and black laterally.
Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 30cm TL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Inhabit coastal to outer reefs (depth 1-30m). Solitary and territorial. Feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates. Adhesive eggs are deposited on the sandy bottoms or in a reef cavity. Female fans the eggs and defends the nest.
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the hand line fishery, but is a very rare component of the catch.
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