Brown color, black band from the chin to the gill cover and an orange patch above the pectoral fin base, yellow ends on the tail fin and pectoral fins.
Seychelles to the Marquesan islands, Indonesia, Philippines, Micronesia to French Polynesia, Southwest Japan to Australia and New Caledonia. It has been replaced by Acanthurus tristis from the Maldives, and the Chagos islands to Bali. Lagoons and seaward reefs in a depth range of 4-60 meters.
Reproduction by spawning and fertilization shortly after.
Up to 25cm.
It feeds on detritus and sediment.
Juveniles mimic Centropyge species (in Guam, juveniles mimic C. flavissimus but in Palau where this species is absent, they mimic C. vrolikii).