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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Acanthochromis polyacanthus
      Max. size: 14.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 65 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific: Indonesia and the Philippines to northeastern Australia and Melanesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-16. Color pattern variable, ranging from entirely blackish to uniform pale gray.
      Biology: Inhabits inshore and offshore coral reefs. Also found in harbors, lagoons and outer reef slopes. The only pomacentrid species that lacks a pelagic larval stage. One of the very few marine fishes where fry are guarded by the parents. School as they grow and sub-adults are usually seen in small groups. Adults form pairs and are territorial when breeding
      Aquarium Care:These are schooling and peaceful damselfishes, and basically an open water feeder. They should be kept in schools/shoals of three or more. Feed a varied diet a few times daily. Meaty foods such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, flake foods high in vegetable matter, and other quality frozen foods are the preferred foodstuffs.

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