Ray-finned fishes (Lat. Actinopterygii)
Puffers and filefishes (Lat. Tetraodontiformes)
Triggerfishes (Lat. Balistidae)
25 cm TL
Reef-associated; marine; depth range 1–30 m.
Indian Ocean: Red Sea and East Africa eastward to western Thailand and Sumatra, Indonesia.
Inhabits coral-rich seaward reef slopes. Occurs singly. Digs holes below coral bases for shelter. Feeds on sponges, algae, crustaceans and small invertebrates. Caught with artisanal gear.