Inhabits the vicinity of coral reefs, also areas with flat bottoms and occasional low coral outcrops, sponges, and sea whips. Occurs singly or in groups of up to about 30 individuals. Feeds on fishes, shrimps, crabs and other benthic invertebrates.
- Allen, G.R. 1985 FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 6. Snappers of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(6):208 p. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 55) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=55&speccode=81