It is a bidirectional hermaphrodite and capable of rapidly switching sexes.
While sexes are distinct and, following sex change, individuals become fully functional as the opposite sex, the sex change process within an individual occurs over multiple time frames. Found in coastal waters at depths of from 0 to 76 metres with rocky substrates in which there are crevices for concealment. It is also known to hide amongst the spines of sea urchins.
up to 6.5 cm
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