Occurs along exposed reef margins and outer reef slopes. Has been observed at depth of 183 m in Hawaii (Ref. 1602). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Secretive during the day and hides in holes and crevices of surge channels. Feeds at night on crustaceans, crustacean larvae, polychaete worms, and small fishes. Spine of preopercle venomous.
- Randall, J.E. 1998 Revision of the Indo-Pacific squirrelfishes (Beryciformes: Holocentridae: Holocentrinae) of the genus Sargocentron, with descriptions of four new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (27):105 p. (Ref. 27370) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=27370&speccode=12991
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