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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Florida to Southern Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
  • Found among inshore and offshore coral reefs in depths of 0 - 98 feet (0 - 30 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Coloration is dark brown or blue near the top, shading to yellow at the bottom.
  • Oblong body. Anal and dorsal fins feature spines and soft rays. Caudal fin is slightly forked. Dark spot on caudal peduncle and near pectoral fin.
  • Grows to 4.9 inches (12.5 cm) in length.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists mainly of algae, sponges and anemones.
  • Juveniles eat tiny invertebrates, such as copepods or worms.

Reproduction / Growth

  • An oviparous, or egg-laying, species.
  • Distinct pairing; aggressive during reproduction.
  • Female lays eggs that stick to substrate. Then, males guard and aerate eggs.
  • Increase in breeding during summer.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Tends to be solitary.
  • Juveniles are territorial.

Reef Fish Behavior: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, Deloach/Humann