Inhabit inshore coral and rocky reefs and in clear waters of lagoons (Ref. 9821). Pelagic and benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Occur singly or in small groups. Feed mainly on fishes, but also eats crustaceans. Individuals with brilliant yellow on head may be nuptial males (Ref. 9821). Often curious and approachable (Ref. 9710). Marketed fresh.
- Anderson, W.D. Jr. and G.R. Allen 2001 Lutjanidae. Jobfishes. p. 2840-2918. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9821) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=9821&speccode=81