Known from scattered localities in the Pacific, from southern Japan and Micronesia to southern Indonesia and Tahiti, and Cocos-Keeling Atoll in the eastern Indian Ocean. Inhabits areas adjacent to steep outer reef slopes between 25-100m, usuallyseen deeper than 50m. A very beautifully marked angelfish in both sexes. Females and juveniles are boldly marked with black and white and a curving streak of blue on lower sides. Males feature two orange-yellow horizontal bands running dorsally and mid-laterally on the body. Attains 15cm excluding filamentous rays.