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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Garden Eels Habitat (Tropical Diver)
  • Indo-Pacific Reef Habitat (Tropical Diver)

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs widely throughout the Western Pacific from the western Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru to Kiribati.
  • Found in coral-rich areas of lagoons and seaward reefs to depths of about 30 feet (9 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Distinctive shape and coloration. It has an elongated snout and concave head profile. 
  • Adult has a diagonal black band from the base of the dorsal (top) fin through the eye to the mouth. The breast is covered by a large black triangle. The posterior portion of the body and fins are bright yellow. 
  • Can grow to 9.8 inches (25 cm) in length.  
  • Anal fin has seven spines, more than most other bony fishes. 

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of algae growing on the dead bases of branching coral. 

Reproduction / Growth

  • By the time an individual reach 3.9 inches (10 cm) in length, it will pair up with another individual. These pairs are believed to mate for life. 
  • Adults typically seen in pairs while juveniles tend to form schools and seek shelter in coral.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List. 

Additional Information

  • Venomous and capable of giving a painful sting.
  • Can be territorial.

Surgeonfishes Rabbitfishes. Debelius, Helmut and Kuiter, Rudie H., pg. 176