Inhabits lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). Occurs singly or in pairs; females often found in small groups (Ref. 9710). Feeds on invertebrates by picking items from the substratum. Burrows in the sand at the sign of danger (Ref. 5503).
- Randall, J.E. 1978 A revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Macropharyngodon, with descriptions of five new species. Bull. Mar. Sci. 28(4):742-770. (Ref. 2694) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=2694&speccode=4984
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