IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


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Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This is a moderately small species, to about 169 mm SL. It is almost always associated with living coral reefs (Fischer et al. 1990). Juveniles often shelter near black corals and gorgonians, also frequent cave ceilings (Kuiter1992). It feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans. Juveniles regularly remove parasites from other fishes (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). Although usually found at depths of 930 m, individuals have been taken at 3649 m at Cocos-Keeling Atoll.

  • Marine


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