Widespread Western Pacific, from southern Japan to southern Indonesia and north-eastern Australia, ranging east to Micronesia and the Coral Sea. Replaced by Centropyge eibli from Java and Pacific eastern side of Sumatra. Juveniles expatriate to subtropical zones. A shallow water species in lagoons, coastal and seaward reefs to about 25m depth. Mostly pearl grey and black posteriorly on body and unpaired fins. A black or orange bar on the operculum. Length to 12cm.