Back and upper sides olive to bluish with yellow spots; lower
sides and belly with alternating narrow, longitudinal pink
and yellow stripes; prominent midlateral yellow stripe begins
at mouth and runs to tail, broadening as it passes the dorsal
fins; caudal fin yellow and deeply forked; no dark lateral
found: Juveniles inshore on grassbeds and back reefs;
adults nearshore of offshore over sandy areas near reefs.
Common to 3 pounds.
Found mainly in tropical waters; spawns in midsummer;
rarely exceeds 30 inches and 5 pounds in size; feeds on small
fish and invertebrates.