Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Philippines south to Rowley Shoals and the southern Great Barrier Reef and east to Fiji.
Size: 3 inches (8 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits coastal sandy and muddy reefs where it does not live in burrows, and usually found at depths between 6 ‰ÛÒ65 feet (2 ‰ÛÒ 20 m) where it feeds on algae and small invertebrates.
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade, and having a whitish to darkish tan body with several narrow lengthwise reddish to orange lines and a black eyespot on the upper dorsal and upper caudal peduncle. Colors vary depending upon areas of collection and maturity.
Best maintained in well-established fish-only or reef aquariums, possibly with filamentous algae growths, and wide-open sandy areas along with some small rubble and rocky crevices to hide when needing to do so.
Should not be housed with aggressive or fin-nipping fishes, such as groupers, dottybacks, triggerfishes or angelfishes, as this is a shy species that prefers to hover above the sand bed watching for its next meal to come close enough to capture, occasionally sifting the sand for organic matter/tiny invertebrates or eating available algae growths.
As to diet, should be fed a diet of finely chopped fresh or frozen meaty foods, e.g., krill, marine fish flesh, mysis shrimp, shrimp, scallops, squid, clams and algae containing foods, especially Spirulina, and be fed twice daily.
If difficult to get feeding, try live adult fortified brine shrimp and black worms (Lumbriculus variegatus).