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BiologyReported to be almost always associated with living coral reefs and juveniles are often found near black coral and gorgonians (Ref. 75973). Juveniles often shelter near black corals and gorgonians; also frequent cave ceilings (Ref. 8631). Feed mainly on benthic invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans. Juveniles regularly remove parasites from other fishes (Ref. 48636). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).