IDENTIFICATION - Body pale sand color with brown spots of varying sizes; dark bar at caudal fin base; and 2 distinct dark spots, one above other, on pectoral fin base. 10 elements in each of second dorsal and anal fins. Inner rays of pelvic fins joined by membrane, branched but shorter than outer rays; no frenum. SL to 1 1/2 " (C.L.Smith)
Head Pores - B',C(s),D,E,F,G,H' and K',L'; preopercle with pores M',N,O'
Scales - ctenoid scales on body with 26 in lateral series
Fins - D1- VI, no filament elongate; D2 - 10; anal - 10; pectoral 18-20; pelvic I,5, 5th ray shortest, posterior margin indented, frenum lacking but fins united;
Head - eyes large and extending above profile of head; maxilla extending to under anterior of pupil
Papillae - A longitudinal papillae pattern
Color - In preserved material: fins without any pattern; scattered melanophores in membrane of ventral fin; 10-11 dark spots on dorsum from caudal peduncle to the anterior part of the occipital region. Sides with numerous dark spots of varing size; dark basicaudal bar present; pectoral fin base with two dark spots, dorsal and ventral; dark bar present below eye; triangular dark spot behind eye. In life spots are brown with a russet cast (B&R 60)
Distribution - S. Fla. And Bahamas to Lesser Antilles and Cent. America
Habitat - Coral reefs; prefers rocky areas between individual coral colonies, generally found perched on isolated coral head; at depths of 3-50'