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      Cirripectes alboapicalis
      Cirripectes alboapicalis

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Cirripectes alboapicalis
      Max. size: 12.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Capricorn Group of the Great Barrier Reef, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Kermadec, Cook, Austral and Easter islands; also from the Pitcairn Group.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 16-18; Vertebrae: 31-32. Brown in body color with spots; brown pupil-sized spot behind each eye. Scales absent. Anterior portion of lateral line with small scalelike flaps. At least 11 lateral-line tubes, with last tube before the caudal-fin base. Narrow inner ring of iris yellow, remainder black. Cirri, nuchal 28-42, supraorbital 4-18, nasal 8-27. Nuchal cirri in 2 groups, not overlapping at midpoint of nape, no nuchal flaps. Dorsal fin deeply incised above the last spine. Species name (albus - white; apicalis - apex) refers to pale tips of dorsal-fin spines.
      Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and microagae growth. It has a peaceful temperament but can nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as Ecsenius spp., but more cryptic.
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