Adults inhabit coral and rocky reefs with some wave action (Ref. 9710) while juveniles are usually found in shallow water zones in lagoons and flat bottom areas. Feed on algae and sometimes on crustaceans and small invertebrates. Solitary or in loose aggregations (Ref. 9710). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).