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      Orange Spotted Sand Goby
      Orange Spotted Sand Goby

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Fusigobius longispinus
      Max. size: 8.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 9 - 18 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Marshall Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Covered with evenly-spaced round orange spots; develops an elongate first dorsal spine with growth. Body whitish; about 4 patches on lateral side of body, triangular patch on caudal base; all fins whitish with orange spots on dorsal and caudal, Transverse scales 7. Predorsal scales 4. Head triangular in cross-section; snout short and pointed. Dorsal fin triangular in shape; in males, 1st dorsal spine elongated and extending over base of last dorsal ray when depressed; 2nd dorsal fin ray pointed posteriorly. Anal fin similar to 2nd dorsal. Pectoral fin large, extending beyond origin of anal fin. Pelvic fin cup-like with connecting membrane.
      Biology: Found on sandy bottoms of caves of seaward reefs
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C). Natural diet consists mainly of zooplankton and small crustaceans
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