- Photo. (c) 2022 Chris Mason-Parker.
Dorsal spines: 15-17; Doral rays: 7-9; Pectoral spine 1; Pectoral rays 3-5.
The head is depressed and concave with an upturned snout. Eyes positioned on top of head and protuberant. Skin lacks scales, except along the lateral line. Dorsal fin consists of isolated spines. The two modified rays located to the anterior of each pectoral fin are detached from the rest of the fin, and used for crawling on the substrate.
Colour. Body beige to brown, often blending with background. Brightly coloured inner surface to pectoral fins. The ventral surface of the pectoral fins bears broad black attenuated bands containing smaller, lighter spots at the basal and distal ends.
Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 25.0 cm SL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Inhabits sand and rubble bottoms of coral reefs. Usually solitary or in pairs. When threatened, they spread their brightly coloured pectoral and caudal fins as a warning.
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not typically subject to the artisanal fishery.
Venomous. Venom is stored in glands located at the base of the dorsal spines. Do not touch.
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