Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 9-11 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 12-13 rays. Body depth 2.7-3.0 in standard length. Caudal fin round in juveniles, the upper and some middle rays prolonged in adults.
Colour: Mottled brown. Three small dark spots behind eye, on sides, and at front of dorsal fin. Orange-red lines radiating from eyes.
Habitat and Biology: Often found on substrata of thick algal growth or in plant dominated bottoms at depths greater than 15 m.
Remarks: Cheilinus bimaculatus appears to be fairly uncommon and deep dwelling in the Maldives. The
specimen on which this record is based was taken in 30-42 m near K. Ihuru.