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      Squiggly Blenny
      Squiggly Blenny

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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Cirripectes quagga
      Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 19 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific = South Africa to Tanzania, east to Henderson Island, Pitcairn and the Hawaiian Islands; north to China; south to the Great Barrier Reef.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-17; Vertebrae: 30-32. Geographic variation in color pattern exists; variable body pigmentation - some uniformly brown, other forms with bars or spots, or have colored peduncles, usually yellow or scarlet; black iris with yellow, irregular-shaped inner ring. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 2-15, nasal 6-16; nuchal 23-36, in 2 groups separated at midpoint of nape, no nuchal flap. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Lower lip crenulate medially. Scale-like flaps along anterior part of lateral line absent. Last pleural ribs on vertebral centrum 12.
      Biology: Found in algal ridge and crests between surge channels of exposed seaward reefs. Usually taken in water less than 10 m deep, but has been collected at depths as great as 19 m in the Marquesas Islands.
      Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and plenty of 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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