Large eye, black spot behind top corner of opercle, white-tipped dorsal and anal fin lobes, dark scutes, males often jet black when swimming paired with females. Forms large schools which circle in mid-water near jetties, bommies and isolated reefs during the day and hunt close to the reef at night.
Max Size: 120 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef, Open ocean
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (4% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Many (54 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland