| Ecological Descriptors
Coppery red to olive, with a silver sheen. Has a dark band along base of anal fin. Body oblong, very deep and highly compressed. Upper head profile moderately oblique. Back profile approx horizontal plus a a keel on chest before the pelvic fins. The eye is large (1/3 of head length)with a very short snout.
Schools over rocky and coral reefs. It takes diurnal refuge in caves, dark cavities, under ledges, or among dense branching coral . It is associated with crevices and cave in reefs during the day and the water column above reefs at night. It is a nocturnally active feeder, feeding on zooplankton, especially the larval stages of invertebrates. Aggregate in caves by day and disperse to feed on zooplankton at night.
Pelagic egg layer with pelagic larvae.
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