Ningaloo Reef (22°00'S) to North West Cape area and Rowley Shoals (17°20'S), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and northern Great Barrier Reef (12°00'S) and Ashmore Reef, Coral Sea to Moreton Bay, QLD; tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Lord Howe Province (14), Timor Province (2), Cape Province (20), Cocos (Keeling) Island Province (22), Christmas Island Province (23), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Northwest Transition (3), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)
Coral Sea Islands Territory, Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands
Body oval, deep, strongly compressed. Head length about equal to head height; preopercle smooth, without prominent spines. Snout short. Small protractile mouth with brush-like teeth in the jaws. Dorsal fin with XII or XIII spines, no notch between spinous and soft dorsal fin; and 24 to 28 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 20 to 23 soft rays; pectoral fins transparent with 15 or 16 soft rays; pelvic fins with I stout spine and 5 branched rays; caudal fin rounded to slightly emarginate. Body white with orange to orange-brown oblique bands on the sides. Two broad yellow-edged black bars on the head; one running across the eye and another on the snout.
Occur in clear waters and coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs at depths of 5 to 25 m. However, it is only common in seaward reefs. Juveniles are solitary, living among branching corals, while adults are almost always in pairs and are home-ranging
Sri Lanka to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa Islands; throughout Micronesia. Widely around coral reefs in Taiwan.
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(total): 12 - 13;
: 20 - 23. Body is white with orange to orange-brown oblique bands on the sides. Two broad yellow-edged black bars are on the head; one running across the eye and another on the snout (Ref.
). Snout length 2.6-3.2 in HL. Body depth 1.3-1.6 in SL (Ref.
Occur in clear waters and coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. However, only common in seaward reefs (Ref.
). Benthopelagic (Ref.
). Juveniles are solitary, living among branching corals, while adults are almost always in pairs and are home-ranging. Feed exclusively on coral tissue (Ref.
). Oviparous (Ref.
). Form pairs during breeding (Ref.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Distinct pairing (Ref.
). Monogamous mating is observed as obligate, genetic and social (Ref.