Inhabits open waters of deep lagoons, channels, or seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Usually seen singly, but also in groups. Feeds mainly on fishes, but also on shrimps, crabs, cephalopods and planktonic organisms (Ref. 30573, 48635). Mainly marketed fresh but also dried and salted. Excellent eating. Large individual may be ciguatoxic (Ref. 37816).