Courtship occurs in late fall, with spawning from October through December, eggs hatching in January through February. The male guards the nest site, at which successive females will be courted for spawn deposition. Eggs are blue to purple with a pale center when first laid, becoming golden brown when embryos are eyed. Larval and pelagic juvenile stages last about two months, with these early stages a gun barrel blue, with snub snout shape. Juveniles school over rock faces prior to settlement and metamorphosis to a benthic juvenile resembling the adult. Sexually dimorphic color is evident during the first summer.
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