Adults are common around rubble and sand in steep outer reef slopes (Ref. 9710), and drop-offs, usually adjacent to very deep water. They form small aggregations in soft bottom habitats with sponges and soft corals. The group usually comprising juveniles and females which are dominated by a large male (Ref. 48636). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
- Gomon, M.F. 2006 A revision of the labrid fish genus Bodianus with descriptions of eight new species. Rec. Aust. Mus. Suppl. 30:1-133. (Ref. 75973) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=75973&speccode=5497
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