Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 12-13 spines and 13-14 rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 15-16 rays. Pectoral rays 12-14. Segmented caudal rays 13. Snout over-hanging mouth.
Colour: Light brown with diffuse white spots posteriorly and dark blotches anteriorly. Cheek with yellow dots. Dark brown curving line on opercle. Eye with white ring and radiating spokes.
Habitat and Biology: A common reef species. Feed on filamentous algae, and the tiny animals associated with it.
Remarks: Ecsenius minutus is one of the very few fishes known only from the Maldives. As the scientific name suggests this is a small species, which is believed to reach less than about 5 cm in total length.