Gnatholepis cauerensis (Bleeker, 1853)
Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed through the Indo-Pacific region, South Africa to Pitcairn Island, north to Japan, south to central NSW. In Australia recorded from central Western Australia, across the tropical north to Queensland, south to central NSW and including Lord Howe Island.
Found in sandy rubble areas with algal growth. Recorded to 10m depth. Specimen above photographed in 20m.
Large specimens have obvious orange dot just above the pectoral fin base - visible in this photograph. Grows to 65mm.