Very special thanks for the first two photos of Stegastes flavilatus to the famous ichthyologist Dr. Gerry R, Allen from Australia and to Keoki Stender from Hawaii.
The photos were taken in Panama and in the Baja California.
This is a reef-associated species, it stays under ledge overhangs and other shaded, reclusive areas, on rocky reefs and slopes during the day. It feeds in the open at night.
This species is found to 60m and it often occurs with other cardinal fish.
It is a mouthbrooder.