- Photo. (c) 2019 John Nevill.
- Juvenile. Photo. (c) 2019 John Nevill.
Dorsal spines: 3; Dorsal rays: 27-31; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 24-28.
Females are brown to yellowish-grey with a bright yellow bar on the lower lip; males have a yellow stripe (white in photo above is post mortem colour) from the upper lip almost to the pectoral-fin base and a band under chin. Juveniles have a uniform sandy brown colour.
Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 38cm TL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Inhabits sandy, silty and rubble areas around rocky and coral reefs (depth 8-200m) and over sand and rubble patches on seaward facing reefs. Juveniles are common among seaweed. Feeds on a range of benthic fishes, echinoids, molluscs, tunicates, crustaceans, algae, polychaete worms, foraminifera and detritus. Displays territoriality especially during breeding season.
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in both the trap and hand line fisheries, and is, along with Abalistes stellatus, the most commonly caught triggerfish in the artisanal fishery.
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