Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 14 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin 17-19 rays. Body depth 2.8-3.5 in standard length. Body oblong. Pelvic fins usually not reaching anus. Mid- lateral body scales ctenoid, without auxiliary scales. Caudal fin of adults very lunate. Colour: Body brownish-orange or pale red with irregular red bands alternating with yellow lines. Rear margin of caudal fin with narrow white margin. Pectorals yellowish. Other fins same colour as body.
Habitat and Biology: Occurs on coral reefs at depths of 4-200 m. Feeds mainly on fish. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
Remarks: Variola albimarginata is often mis-identified as V. louti. It can be readily recognised by the narrow white margin to the tail; V. louti has a broad yellow margin to the caudal and other median fins.