| Ecological Descriptors
|Co, R, S
||Mol, Cru, Wor, Veg, Pla
Adult: Silvery white with dusky head and grey snout. 2 bronze-yellow stripes, one along midline from snout to tail base, the other along upper side. There are other thin faint yellow stripes between those two. A key feature is a large dark blotch on base of tail fin, which may have dark upper and lower borders. The rest of the fins are pale.
Juvenile: 3 black stripes, one along top of back to end of dorsal fin base, a short one at top of eye, the 3rd from eye to a double black spot on tail fin base.
Schooling, reef-associated species found from the shoreline to depths to 40 m. This species inhabits seagrass beds, sand flats, patch reefs, natural hardbottom and coral, and artificial reefs over sandy and rough bottoms. It is a highly abundant species on diverse reefs, both natural and artificial, of varied complexity and water visibility. It can also use vegetation. Its diet consists of small benthic invertebrates, including crustaceans and molluscs, as well as plankton and algae.
Estimated that age at maturation is two years and longevity is nine years
(C) JE Randall