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.