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Place of origin:Melanesia
Widespread Indo-West Pacific. Coastal to outer reef slopes and drop-offs. Juveniles secretive on inshore reefs. Large adults swim openly on reefs, singly or in small loose aggregations. Several colour phases with age and sex. Females with 4 distinct white bars, black ventral fins, and a yellow-orange caudal fin. Males with ornamental patterns on the head that change colour during courtship. Length to 45cm.