Dusky golden color dorsally and silvery color ventrally with numerous scattered small black spots, small black area on the pectoral fin base, long thin pectoral fins, steep forehead. Mostly solitary, but sometimes in small groups.
Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian islands, North Japan to Southern Australia. Most common in clear lagoons or seaward reef slopes from 10-180 meters. Juveniles are often found in estuaries.
They spawn on shallow reefs and offshore banks.
Up to 170cm, but mostly around 100cm.
They feed on crabs and spiny lobsters, as well as fish.
Big specimens can be ciguatoxic.