- Photo. (c) 2019 John Nevill.
Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal soft rays: 25-27; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 24-26.
Pale yellowish brown body with paler/pale blue irregular longitudinal lines on head and body. Orange-yellow band between eyes continued behind to gill cover as large irregular spot. Opercular membrane black. Caudal peduncle bears single, sharp, forward-pointing erectile spine on each side. Sheath of spine white, the socket edged in black. Dorsal and anal fins of adults largely yellow with narrow blue band at base and a blue margin. Caudal fin, lunate in adults, deep blue with numerous small blackish spots, the basal parts of the lobes orange-yellow
Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 54.0 cm TL. Common length 35.0 cm TL
Habitat and Ecology:
Juveniles occur on shallow reefs with good algal growth. Adults are generally found on seaward reefs at a depth of 10-130m. Occurs singly or in groups, it is a pair spawner. Feeds on surface film of fine green and blue-green algae, diatoms, and detritus covering sand and the hard substratum of reefs.
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the fish trap fishery, but is not very common.
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