Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 12 spines and 9-10 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 10-12 rays. Pectoral fin with 15-17 rays. Body depth 3.1-3.3 in standard length. Snout pointed. Caudal fin slightly rounded in juveniles to truncate or slightly double emarginate in adults.
Colour: Juveniles brown mottled with lines of white blotches, and black spots on fins. Adults with brown head, yellow-brown sides and red-brown fins. Three small yellow spots dorsally. Black spots on pelvic, anal and caudal fins.
Habitat and Biology: Normally seen solitary on the reef slopes at depths between 6-30 m. Juveniles often clean other fishes.
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
Remarks: Bodianus diana is fairly common in Maldivian reefs. Lapidaplois aldabrensis Smith is a synonym based on the juvenile form.