Distinctive Characters - Dorsal fin with 13 spines and 21-23 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 16-18 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth 1.5-1.6 in standard length.
Colour - Background colour olive. Black eye stripe and band through tail. Dusky band around caudal peduncle. Many small spots covering body and dorsal and anal fins arranged roughly in lines. Yellow margins to dorsal and anal fins.
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Feed on polychaetes, coral polyps, and algae.
Form pairs during breeding.
Abundant in coral reefs of Maldives.
This species feeds on live coral, and may therefore decline in abundance following climate-induced coral depletion (Pratchett et al. 2008). However, no major declines were documented for this species in the Seychelles following extensive coral loss (Graham 2007). There appear to be no other major threats to this species.