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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pomacanthus arcuatus (Juvenile Pictured Above)
      Max. size: 60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed, ~23.6 inches; max. published weight: 1,830 g (~4 lbs)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 2 - 30 m
      Climate: subtropical
      Distribution: Western Atlantic = New England, USA to the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean, including Antilles.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 31-33; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 23-25. Pale gray around mouth, and pale gray margin on caudal fin. Inside of pectoral fin yellow. Juveniles are black with two light yellow bars on body and three on head; caudal fin yellow with a vertically elongate, nearly rectangular or hemispherical black spot in middle.
      Biology: Common in coral reefs, usually solitary, occasionally in pairs. Juveniles are part-time cleaners. Feeds mainly on sponges, but also takes tunicates, algae, zoantharians, gorgonians, hydroids, bryozoans, and seagrasses. Flesh reported to be of excellent quality; marketed fresh and salted. Approaches divers. Has been reared in captivity.
      Aquarium Care: The Gray Angel will nip at sessile inverts, such as Tridacnid clams, soft and stony corals. A handsome and hardy specimen for a larger aquarium. This fish may start off shy, but it won't take long before it becomes bold. The small specimens pick crustacean parasites and dead tissue from their tankmates.
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