| Ecological Descriptors
Adult: Head and body yellowish-brown to greenish, covered with red-brown spots (including on fins) and scattered pale blotches. 3-5 dark saddles along top of back. Black blotch on top of caudal peduncle (cf Red Hind). Sometimes has a dark stripe from snout through and behind eye.
Juvenile: Fewer and relatively larger dark spots plus more obvious pale spotting. Two black saddles on upper back and 1 on tail base.
Inhabits rocky reefs in depths of 2 to 100m, often drifts near the bottom. Usually solitary. Feeds mainly on crabs (67%) and fishes (20%).
Fast growing and relatively short lived reaching 300 mm FL in four years with a maximum size of 60 cm. Mature only as females and have the ability to change sex after sexual maturity.
(C) JE Randall