Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14 - 15. Exhibits geographic color variations.
Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed.
Adults inhabit lagoon and seaward reefs. Found singly or in small groups, non-migratory and can be found in depth range 1 - 15 m.
Distribution Countries - Western Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka, Maldives, Chagos Archipelago, and Seychelles.
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding. Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate. Males guard and aerate the eggs.