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      Flame Angelfish

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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Centropyge loricula
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; brackish; marine; depth range 15 - 60 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean = mainly in tropical waters.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-18; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17-18. Bright orange-red with a vertical elongate black blotch and 4 - 5 bars on the sides; posterior part of the dorsal and anal fins with alternating short purple-blue and black bands. Specimens from the Marquesas lack the vertical black bars.
      Biology: Found in clear lagoon and seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to a depth of 57 m. Secretive and stays near shelter. Has been reared in captivity. Feeds on algae. Forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.
      Aquarium Care: As with other members of this genus, the Flame Angel might nip at Tridacnid clams, zoanthids, and LPS. Also, the Flame Angel may eat soft coral polyps. A popular species, however, more recently this Angel hs had poor survivability beyone a month or so (poss. due to collecting and shipping issues). Choose the individual wisely. Very bright and flashy, this species can be aggressive toward members of Centropyge genus, as well as fish of similar shape and/or behavior. Last fish introduced in a peaceful community is recommended. Provide live rock for good grazing opportunities.

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      Keywords: Flame Angelfish; Angel

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