Dorsal fin with 13-14 spines and 16-18 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 16-18 rays. 46-52 lateral line scales.Colour: Face blue with dark spots. Broad yellow band between eyes (giving rise to alternate English name,Yellow-mask angelfish). Body scales dark with yellow edges giving a somewhat greeny appearance overall.Pectoral, dorsal and caudal fins yellow. All fins blue edged. Juveniles black with narrow white bars and bluelines which are curved posteriorly at upper and lower ends.
There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection for the aquarium trade is localized and does not seem to affect the global population.