Main identification features
Body fusiform, moderately deep (depth 2.6-2.8 in standard length); jaws about equal, lower slightly projecting; both jaws with bands of fine teeth, outer ones enlarged, but not with large canines; tooth patch at front of roof of mouth V shaped; 12-13 rakers on lower limb of first gill arch; dorsal fin X, 10-11; anal fin III, 8; last ray of dorsal and anal fins conspicuously longer than preceding rays, its end produced in a short filament; pectorals long, reaching to anus; tail fin forked; scales relatively small, 60-66 rows on lateral line, those above lateral line parallel to those below; dorsal and anal fins scaleless.
- dorsal and anal fins- end with filament
- red + yellow oblique bars
Body red to pink with four oblique yellow bars on side; dorsal and tail fins yellow, other fins pink.
Size: grows to 50 cm.
Habitat: benthic to semipelagic over rocky bottoms.
Depth: 70-300 m; most abundant below 100m.
Widely distributed in the Indo-central Pacific; known as a vagrant in the Galapagos.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 300 m.
Depth Range Min: 70 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); octopus/squid/cuttlefish; zooplankton; bony fishes.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=2; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-90; Latitudinal range=4; Longitudinal range=3.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore; Planktivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans); "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific); All Pacific (West + Central + East); TEP non-endemic; All species.
Habitat: Rocks; Corals; Water column; Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Reef (rock &/or coral).
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 50 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; All species.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Near Bottom; Bottom + water column;