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The graysby inhabits Thalassia beds and coral reefs. In the Gulf of Mexico, they are found on rocky reef ledge in depths greater than 27 metres (89 ft). A solitary and secretive species, they usually stay near hiding places during the day. They prefer to remain within a small area of the home range of about 2,120 square metres (0.52 acres), especially during the day. The graysby is a nocturnal predator, adults feed mainly on fishes, with preference on Chromis multilineata, juveniles feed on shrimps. Most change sex between 20 and 23 centimetres (7.9 and 9.1 in) (ages 4 and 5), with sexual transition occurring immediately after spawning in August and September. It is parasitized by Pseudorhabdosynochus meganmarieae.

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Animalia: Chordata: Perciformes: Actinopterygii: Serranidae: Cephalopholis cruentata

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