- Upper jaw protruding when mouth closed
- Upper lip with a median fleshy protrusion, well developed in adults
- Maxilla without scales or longitudinal ridges
- First gill arch with 17–21 gill rakers
- Spines of dorsal and anal fins strong, very robust in large adults
- Last dorsal- and anal-fin soft ray shorter than next to last ray
Body yellow becoming silvery below; head and lips brownish yellow. Juveniles frequently with 5 yellow-brown vertical bars.
To 60 cm TL.
Indo-West Pacific, in tropical waters.
Rocky bottoms, from 90 to at least 340 m depth.
Feeds primarily on fishes and larger invertebrates. Little is known about the biology and ecology of this species.
Caught mainly with bottom longlines and deep handlines.
A distinct species, clearly separable from other Lutjanid species by its upper lip with a medial fleshy protrusion and strong dorsal- and anal-fin spines.