Wary of divers, juveniles are secretive and hide within coral and reef crevices. Mostly encountered singly. It also lives in single male with multiple females and juveniles group. Home ranges for males in this social group is around 24 m2 whereas around 5 m2 for females
Female fish becomes mature in about a year at 8 cm (standard length).
Can change sex from female to male at 10 - 15 cm (standard length), aged 1-4 years. However individual fish can also be born as males.
Spawning season around Hong Kong is from April to October. Can live for at least 11 years.
Feeds mainly on fishes and crustaceans.