Stethojulis interrupta (Bleeker, 1851)
Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed through the Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Papua New Guinea, south to Lord Howe Island. In Australia recorded from Shark Bay in Western Australia across the tropical north, from the northern Great Barrier Reef south to Eastern Victoria and including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.
Frequents coastal reefs and harbours, shallow offshore reef. Shallow to 20m depth.
Feeds by sorting small animals from mouthfuls of sand and detritus. Small juvenile pictured top, approximately 20mm long, larger juvenile 50mm long in second photograph, adult male in lower photograph. Grows to 13cm.