| Ecological Descriptors
||Cru, Wor, Pisc
Adult:Body laterally flattened, pale white to yellowish with six brown body bars (the first of which runs through the eye, the second broad at nape narrowing towards the insertion of the ventral fin, the third/ midbody bar very wide, the fourth to sixth as wide as the second and evenly spaced behind the third bar. Blue lines over the head and body. Ventral fins vary in color from white to yellowish, pectoral fins clear. Sometimes with a black saddle blotch on the base of the tail.
Juvenile: Almost all regional juvenile Hamlets look similar, having a pale body colour, with a black saddle at the end of the tail base (caudal peduncle), with 2 white spots.
This species inhabits rocky and coral reefs always near close access to cover at depths of 3-90, (10-290ft). Unlike other hamlets, it can be found in inshore murky waters. Feeds on small bony fish and crustaceans.
Synchronous hermaphrodites with individuals alternating male and female "roles" during spawning. Regular pairs meet at the same location in evenings to breed and perform a dancing display. It has a limited larval dispersal distance, between two to 14 km, despite a three-week pelagic larval duration.
(C) Johnathan Lavan
(C) Lazlo Isles