Size24 inches (60 cm)
DietCrustaceans, mollusks, fish
HabitatCoral-rich lagoons and seaward reefs
- 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).
This fish is dark with white spots as a juvenile, and as it grows, it’s color reverses to a white background with dark spots
- Diet consists of crustaceans, mollusks and fish.
- Nocturnal feeder.
- 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.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Adult is solitary, spending its days near ledges and caves.
- Juvenile could possibly mimic a toxic flatworm as defense.
- Also called “harlequin sweetlips.”