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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Centropyge aurantia
      Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 3 - 60 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Pacific = northern Great Barrier Reef to Samoa; including Indonesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-17; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17-18. Deep bodied. Overall color is red-orange with numerous narrow, vertical, irregular golden lines on the sides. A thin dark line ring the eye. Several dark olive submarginal ones on the median fins.
      Biology: Found among coral and sponge of seaward reef slopes. Cryptic, seldom seen by divers. Feeds on flake food and brine shrimp. Rarely exported through the aquarium trade.
      Aquarium Care: Provide a large amount of hiding places and well established live rock. May nip at SPS and LPS. Doesn't bother most soft corals (except the possiblity of Xenia). This fish is great at hiding, which makes it difficult to capture for export. This means that there is a great possiblity that it was captured by using drugs, so the quality of fish available for purchase is varied. Also, there is a lower survival rate in captivity due to the possiblity of cyanide use in capture. This fish should be provided a great deal of hiding places, and live rock for grazing.

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