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Lives in sand-rock interface over slabs, over pockets of sand among the rocks and occasionally over broken rock (Ref. 6256). Males are territorial and chase mainly conspecific males from their territories, with a territory normally consisting of a space between the rocks often with a sandy bottom; males at the bottom of the reef usually burrow from beneath a rock to create a spawning cave (Ref. 76849). Females are often solitary or sometimes occur in small groups, rarely numbering more than 3 individuals (Ref. 6256, 76849). Juveniles and non-territorial adult males occur singly, in pairs or in small groups of 3-8 fish (Ref. 6256). Feeds from the sedimentrich aufwuchs on the rocks from which it rakes diatoms and loose algal strands (Ref. 76849).

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