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BiologyMarine species usually living on coral reefs but also recorded from pools, freshwater streams or lagoon mouths (Ref. 4343). Preys on copepods (Ref. 92840). Found on tabletop Acropora corals (Ref. 1602); a coral-commensal species (Ref. 72446). Monogamous (Ref. 52884). The male takes care of eggs deposited on a coral branch (Ref. 32163). Has the ability to change sex in both directions to favor reproductive success (Ref. 32163).