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      Red-Speckled Blenny
      Red-Speckled Blenny

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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Cirripectes variolosus
      Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 31 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Palau to Johnston Islands, Marquesas and Pitcairn Islands, north to the Bonin Islands, south to Rapa; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-16; Vertebrae: 29-31. Adults with brown body; red spots or narrow lines on snout and around the eye; iris silvery. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 4-14, nasal 4-19; nuchal 27-38, in 4 groups, bases of ventralmost groups slightly expanded. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine.
      Biology: Inhabits exposed seaward reefs where it usually shelters at bases or among the branches of Pocilloporid corals
      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. An herbivore, and should be fed foods such as Spirulina, marine algae and frozen herbivore prepared foods.
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