Rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Indo-Pacific distribution, from Sri Lank and Bali to the Indo-Malay archipelago and the Marshall Islands. In Australia recorded only from the Great Barrier Reef.
Inhabits steep outer reef slopes and occasionally lagoons. Depth to 90 m.
Hebivorous, males may form harems with 2 to 4 females. Similar Centropyge flavissima lacks black smudge on the face and has blue rings around the eyes. Grows to 12 cm.
R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.221.
FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://fishbase.ca/summary/Centropyge-heraldi.html. Accessed 30/04/18.