As its standard name suggests, this tropical species is strongly banded.
The Banded Sergeant has a whitish body with 6 dark bands, each wider than the spaces between. There is a seventh band on the head that has spots below. A small black spot is present on the upper pectoral fin base.
It occurs in coral reef waters as well as rocky reef and inshore areas.
The species occurs throughout the Indo-west and Central Pacific.
In Australia, it is known from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Feeding and diet
The species has been reported to eat algae, crustaceans and limpets.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific. University of Hawai'i Press. Pp. 707.