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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Microspathodon chrysurus
      Max. size: 21.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 0 - 120 m
      Distribution: Western Atlantic: including Bermuda, southern Florida (USA), and the Caribbean Sea. Including Antilles, Venezuela to Brazil.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-15; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 12-13. Tail bright yellow. Juveniles dark blue with transparent tail and electric blue spots on side. Adults dark yellowish brown, the edges of the scales darker.
      Biology: A common territorial species that inhabits coral reefs, juveniles usually encountered among branches of yellow stinging coral, Millepora. Found in very shallow waters of coral reefs, usually near top of outer edge where there are caves, holes, and abundant fire coral. Feeds primarily on algae but also on polyps of fire coral and other invertebrate animal material. Juveniles occasionally pick parasites from other species of fish. Has been reared in captivity
      Aquarium Care:Most damselfishes are extremely hardy, colorful, lively, and inexpensive. They are generally very territorial and will eat most foods. It is recommended they not be added to community aquariums until after all the more peaceful fishes have been placed into the system.Has a temperature range of 72 - 79ºF (22 - 26ºC) and feeds mostly on algae, yet also the polyps of fire coral. Requires a meaty diet with some algae with two or three feedings per day. Juveniles have blue dots on a black body. Adults become brown, lose most of its blue spots, and have a yellow tail. Becomes very aggressive with age, and limit is one per tank. Should only be kept with larger and more aggressive fishes.
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