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The juvenile intermediate phase is to 25 cm (10 in.) with reddish head, green body with blue rear body and base of tail, red dorsal and anal fins, and yellow tail. Brilliant blue spots concentrating towards the rear body and base of tail. Spike-like first dorsal fin spine. The younger fish, only to 10 cm (4 in.) is bright red orange with 5 black-edged white saddles across head and back (last pic).
Sand rubble bottoms at base of reefs. Indo Pacific.