Solenostomus cyanopterus                                     Solenostomidae 

Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Fiji, north to southern Japan, south to Australia.

Habitat:  Mostly pelagic until it settles on the substrate for breeding.  Uncommon species found in coastal reefs and weedy areas.

Appearance:  Color variable (from brown to pink or yellow) with small black and white spots; 2 elongate black spots between first 3 dorsal spines.

Diet: Small crustaceans. 

Reproduction: Monogamous, always in pairs.  Females carry the eggs in their pelvic fins that are modified to form a brood pouch.