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Commonly Asked Questions

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

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Maldives and Cocos Islands of the Indian Ocean and in the Western Pacific from Sumatra to Fiji, New Caledonia, the Ryukyu Islands and Rowley Shoals.
  • Found in coral-rich lagoons and seaward reefs at depths ranging 1 to 98 feet (1-30 m). Juvenile appears around corals.

Physical Characteristics

  • Body has white base with black spotting throughout, including dorsal, anal and caudal fins. Pectoral fins are dark.
  • Juvenile is brown with large white blotches.
  • As individual ages, more spots appear. Eventually, spotting reverses from white-spotted to black-spotted.
  • Common length of 24 inches (60 cm) with a maximum of 28 inches (72 cm).
  • Maximum weight of 15 lbs. (7 kg).

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of crustaceans, mollusks and fish.
  • Nocturnal feeder.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Adult is solitary, spending its days near ledges and caves.
  • Juvenile could possibly mimic a toxic flatworm as defense.
  • Also called “harlequin sweetlips.”