Novaculops halsteadiis commonly referred to as Halstead's sandy. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
Correct name concerning WoRMS: Xyrichtys halsteadi Randall & Lobel, 2003
Correct name concerning Fishbase: Novaculops halsteadi (Randall & Lobel, 2003)
Very special thanks for the first photo of the beautiful and conspicuous Novaculops halsteadi to Scott & Jeanette Johnson from Kwajalein Underwater.
This photo was taken at Marshall Islands, Lagoon Halimeda, Kwajalein Atoll.
Novaculops halsteadi is very rare and found solitary or in small groups near reefs in sand-rubble bottoms and feed on small benthic invertebrates.