Head Pores - Cephailc canal system with pores B',C(s),D, E, F, G(on side branch), H' and K',L' Preopercle canal with pores M',N,O'
Scales - Ctenoid on body, base of pectoral fin and chest with cycloid scales; 25-26 in lateral series
Fins - D1 - VI, no spine elongate, spines 2 and 3 subequal; D2 - 10; anal - 9; pectoral - 16-17; caudal - 17; pelvic I,5 5th ray unbranched and shorter than 4th, fins almost completely seperate, frenum between spines absent
Head - Tongue rounded and narrow; teeth in upper jaw in about 5 rows, inner row sometimes enlarged, outer row enlarged; lower jaw teeth in about 5 rows, inner row sometimes enlarged, outer row enlarged especially at anterior
Color - Spinous dorsal fin with a dark stripe in basal half but not
involving base. That portion of stripe between spines two and three black,
forming a spot noticeable even against the dark background. Stripe set
off above and below by clear areas, but distal third of (except for margin)
dusky. Soft dirsal less marked, the melanophores concentrated in the interradial
membranes, particularly in the basal half of the fin. Caudal and pectoral
fins essentially clear, with some scattered melanophores. Anal fin dusky
except for basal fourth.
Distribution - S. Fla. and Bahamas, probably more wide ranging to the south
Habitat - Inhabits coral heads in clear water at depths of 40 feet +