Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 7 spines, second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 18-20 rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines followed by 1 spine and 15-17 rays. Breast completely scaled. Lips noticeably papillose and upper jaw strongly protractile. Colour: Young and small adults bright yellow to silvery with 7-11 black bands, usually alternating broad and narrow. All fins yellow, with caudal tips black. Adults with a few black blotches on sides.
Habitat and Biology: Found inshore, including rocky reefs, deep lagoons and seaward reefs. A bottom feeder that preys on crustaceans, molluscs and small - fish.
Distribution: Tropical Indo-Pacific.
Remarks: Gnathodon speciosus is caught occasionally by fishermen using hand lines near reefs. Juveniles swim with sharks and other big fish and in this context are found long distances offshore.