Pale olive or brassy brown in color with indistinct black
blotches that form vertical barrings ( the blotch above pectoral
fin darker ); wavy blue lines on head; lips purplish-blue;
caudal fin tri-lobed on adults; edge of nape unscaled.
OFFSHORE in deep water with rocks and reefs.
Usually 0.3 pounds ( 8 inches).
Undergoes sex change, starting life as a female, changing
into male after 3 or 4 spawning seasons; feeds on the bottom,
taking squid, crustaceans, and small fish.