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      False Cleaner Blenny
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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Aspidontus taeniatus taeniatus
      Max. size: 11.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 25 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Cocos-Keeling Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Line, Marquesan, and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-28; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 25-28. Bears an amazing resemblance to the cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus. Distinguished from L. dimidiatus by the position of its mouth, which is terminal in the wrasse but under the snout in the blenny.
      Biology: Inhabit lagoons, subtidal reef flats and outer reef slopes (where it occurs to depths of over 20 m). Often in lives in pairs in empty worm tubes or narrow holes. Mimic the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus and nip fins, skin and scales of other fishes. It even copies the motion of the cleaner wrasse that may induce other fish to come close, but it targets their scales or mucus for a feed, biting and quickly retreating to the corals before the victim realizes that it was tricked; experienced fish recognize imposters and often give it a chase. Also feed on tubeworms and demersal fish eggs. Oviparous.
      Aquarium Care: Read Biology section above for behavior and food requirements. This species is rarely seen in the hobby.
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