Hard to detect because of the coloration.
White with small black, brown and reddish dashes and yellowish ring.
dark widely-spaced bands around the body and a mix of dark wavy lines.
Colour variable with geographic region.
Long head and a long slender snout.
Unassessed by the IUCN Red list.
It can be found throughout the Indo-Pacific Oceans, from Red Sea and East Africa to Tonga, south to northern Australia and New Caledonia.
Living at depths between 2 and 30 meter among corals or sea fans in lagoon and seaward reefs.
Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail.
The pouch protects the dorsal surface and side of the egg mass, leaving the ventral surface exposed.
Up to 16 cm
Feeds on small crustaceans.