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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Cirripectes springeri
      Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Pacific = Philippines; Moluccas, Indonesia; Bismarck Archipelago and Ninigo Islands, Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-17; Vertebrae: 30-31. Head and body brown and spotted; red iris. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 2-9, nasal 5-23; nuchal 27-38, in 4 groups, ventralmost borne on a small nuchal flap. Simple cephalic pore system, midsnout pores absent. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine.
      Biology: In shallow and protected inshore reefs with sparse coral and rich algae growth. Also found in coral reef crevices. Feeds on algae and detritus. Usually occurs in small loose groups but a shy species and is easily missed by divers that are not on the look-out for blennies. Collected from water shallower than 10 m to as great as 18 m in the Ninigo Islands.
      Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and microagae growth. This species is shy and may nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles.
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