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Hemigymnus fasciatus is a fish from the coral reefs which lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and in the Red Sea. Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11. Lips thick with age (Ref. 1623). Several color phases with age and sex (Ref. 48636). Basic color pattern changes little with growth although the posteriormost white bands disappear on large individuals (Ref. 1602). Found mostly on coral reefs and reef flats to at least 20 m depth. Feed mainly on small crustaceans, mollusks and echinoderms (Ref. 9823). Juveniles secretive on inshore reefs. Large adults swim openly on reefs, singly or in small loose aggregations (Ref. 48636).