| Ecological Descriptors
| Co, R
||Veg, Wor, Cru, Mol
Dark, blunt, reddish brown head. Bicolour variant (photographed in Antigua to date 2017) with a dark head/ reddish head and grey to white body...may also have a dark brown to reddish brown body (awaiting evidence for this morph in Antigua). Large red lower lip. Part of pectoral fins and margins of dorsal and anal fins may also be red. Single, slender cirrus above each eye, sinle branched cirrus above each nostril and a pair of short cirri on each side of nape.
Nuptial males display white/ pale bands and blotches on head and lips when guarding eggs.
Reef-associated and inhabits shallow, clear waters with coral or rock substrata. Consumes filamentous algae and benthic invertebrates. Territorial.
Oviparous. Distinct pairing. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters