Sufflamen chrysopterum (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region, East Africa east to Samoa, north to southern Japan south to Lord Howe Island. In Australia recorded from Shark Bay in Western Australia north to the Timor Sea. From the northern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland south to central New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.
Frequents shallow reef flats, common in all coastal and offshore reefs and islands. Depth to 20m.
Difficult to approach, solitary and territorial, usually sliding sideways under a ledge or into small crevices under rocks or coral. Terminal phase (adult) top picture, juvenile in middle and intermediate phase (IP) in lower picture. Grows to 30cm.