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This is an uncommon species, classified as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List.
This species occurs in mid-slope reef environments that are protected from wave action. Found at depths of 5 to 20m, in the Philippines and Western North Pacific. Host to commensal shrimp.
I took these photos at a depth of about 21m, at a dive site called San Juan Reef, off the western coast of Samal Island.