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BiologyLives in close association with long-spined sea urchins or branching corals of sheltered reefs (Ref. 9710). Juvenile fish eat pedicellariae and sphaeridia of the host Diadema and commensal copepods; adult fish eat burrowing bivalves in corals as well as tube feet of their host and eggs of a commercial shrimp (Ref. 33619).