Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found worldwide in tropical waters. In Australia recorded from Western Australia, Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Frequents lagoons and outer reefs, slopes to a depth of 20m.
Distinctive body shape, blue scribbled pattern and large fan type tail are distinctive. In males the tail may be two thirds the length of the body. Feeds on a variety of benthic life including algae, hydrozoans and colonial anemones. Grows to 110cm.
Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.408.
R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.450.