Occurs in lagoon reefs to depths of at least 12 m. Usually in small groups among staghorn corals (Ref. 48635). Often collected with C. quinquelineatus, but tends to prefer deeper areas (Ref. 37816). Feeds on small fishes.
- Gon, O. 1993 Revision of the cardinalfish genus Cheilodipterus (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (22):59 p. (Ref. 8525) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=8525&speccode=12629
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