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Red to dusky red with a round black spot beneath rear of second dorsal fin and a broad blackish bar or solid band on caudal peduncle. Eye with blue/ white horizontal lines top and bottom. Often dark stripe behind eye. Can pale considerably.
This reef-associated species is commonly found in seagrass beds, tidepools and coral reefs high-energy reef crests. A nocturnal species, it remains hidden in cracks and crevices during the day. This species may reside in the rubble mounds made by the sand tilefish Malacanthus plumieri. From depths of 1m to more than 100 m
Males are mouth brooders. Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning throughout the year