Inhabits reefs and rocky bottoms (Ref. 30573). A schooling species that appears to open ocean reefs where occurring in shallow depths of a few meters. In most areas they occur deep and are usually trawled to 100 m depth (Ref. 48635). Feeds on benthic and planktonic invertebrates (Ref. 30573), and possibly small fishes. Marketed fresh or dried-salted.
- Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and W.D. Anderson Jr. 1987 Revision of the Indo-Pacific lutjanid genus Pinjalo, with description of a new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (14):17 p. (Ref. 6177) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=6177&speccode=196