| Ecological Descriptors
| R, S (Co)
A pale greenish to reddish-brown body having 4-5 greenish-brown to dark brown bars that are darker and margined with white on the lower sides. Dark lines radiate from the rear and bottom of each eye. There is a tuft of cirri at each nostril, a larger one above each eye. and a comb of cirri on each side of the nape. Unlike some other members of this genus, it does not have a black spot on the opercle. 3 pale spots on end of caudal peduncle.
The fins of the female have numerous spots (a few red); the caudal, soft dorsal, pectoral, and anal fins of the male have reddish bands: the bottom half of the male's head is reddish.
Ocurs over rocky and rubble shores with algal mats, reefs, and seagrass beds. Animals have been recorded from waters less than 20 feet deep. It is found in tide pools, areas of sand and rocks, rocky ledges met by sand, turtle-grass beds, low overgrown coral formations, patch reefs, hardened marl and turtle grass, eroded limestone and areas exposed to the sea as well as protected coves.
Lays eggs in the benthos. Larvae have a pelagic phase before reaching maturity.
(C) JE Randall