Place of origin:Western Indian Ocean
Maldives and Mauritius. Clear coastal to outer reefs, usually on steep walls and at moderate depths to at least 70m depth, but in some localities as shallow as 10m. Juveniles and females pink with yellow snout and caudal fin. Males deep pink to red with longitudinal pattern of broad bands that may appear blue in deep water. Variable with habitat and location. A small species, length to 7cm, rarely 8cm.