The blotcheye soldier is a small, vividly red fish with large eyes, black gill covers and white edges on its fins. It also has small black spines on its gill covers.
It is a a nocturnal predator, and can be found hiding in caves and under ledges during the day. At night, its red colouration serves as camouflage in open water and it uses this element of surprise to hunt small crustaceans, zooplankton and fish.
Blotcheye soldiers are found around coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific, particularly on the African east coast.