| Ecological Descriptors
||Cru, Mol, Ech Noct
Head and body red, body with light silvery stripes and patches. Tail base and tail fin yellowish white. Elongated rear dorsal fin and upper tail lobe. Spiny dorsal reddish, with a prominent white triangular blotch behind each spine tip. Soft dorsal, anal, pelvic and pectoral fins reddish.
Nocturnal, inhabits clear reefs from 0 to 32m. Found near mouths of caves and holes. At night they usually move to sandy areas and grass beds to feed on crabs, shrimps, gastropods and brittle stars.
Length at maturity ~14cm.
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