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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
  • Found in tropical waters in coral reefs, commonly at depths of 15-60 feet (5-20 m). Depth range is approximately 9-165 feet (3-55 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Predominantly white with two vertical black bars along sides and another vertical black bar covering eye. Fins black with white spines.
  • Maximum length of approximately 6.5 inches (16 cm).

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of coral polyps, polychaete worms, crustaceans and mollusk eggs.
  • Rarely, groups as large as 20 adults gather to feed on plankton. Will also clean reef fish joining the assembly, including grunts, surgeonfish and parrotfish.

Reproduction / Growth

  • An oviparous, or egg-laying species.
  • Forms breeding pairs for reproduction.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Most often alone or in pairs.
  • Easy to approach.