Deeply compressed, with longish pelvic fins and a long preop-ercule spine. Adults and juveniles have distinct color phases. Adults are yellow with horizontal blue stripes along the flank, a deep purplish mask over the eye and on the flank above the pectoral fin, a white snout and mouth, and yellow fins with purplish blue stripes on the anal fin. Juveniles are deep navy blue to almost black, with concentric white circles on the flank and white bands on the head. One of the largest angelfishes, to over 15.7 in (40 cm) total length.
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