Inhabits rocky or coral reefs (Ref. 9710). Feeds on brittle stars, crustaceans, mollusks, and sea urchins (Ref. 9710). Mobile invertebrate feeder (Ref. 57616). Cleaned by scarlet striped cleaner shrimp (Lysmata grabhami), goby (Gobiosoma evelynae and others), wrasse (Thalassoma trifasciatum), and hogfish (Bodianus rufus) as observed on the coral reefs in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (Ref. 36810). Also cleaned by Elacatinus figaro observed off the coast of São Paulo, southeastern Brazil (Ref. 40102) and by Halichoeres cyanocephalus observed off the coast of Espirito Santo, southeastern Brazil (Ref. 31373).