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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Amblygobius phalaena
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 20 m
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean: Philippines to the Society Islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to southern Australia (including Lord Howe Island) and Rapa Island; throughout Micronesia. Replaced by Amblygobius albimaculatus in the Red Sea and Amblygobius semicinctus in the western Indian Ocean.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 14
      Biology: Inhabits sandy or rubble areas of subtidal reef flats and lagoons and constructs a burrow under a rock or rubble. Feeds by sifting mouthfuls of sand and expelling it through the gills, to capture small invertebrates, organic matter, and large quantities of algae
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 86°F (22 - 30°C) and natural diet consists mainly of benthic invertebrate and some algae. Requires a varied diet, i.e., enriched brine shrimp, mysis, finely chopped fish or shrimp flesh, and some algae/small amounts of Spirulina flake, with one or two feedings per day. They should be housed in aquariums with a sandbed of at least two inches in depth and not housed with aggressive fishes such as groupers, dottybacks, triggerfishes or angelfishes. Small sinking enriched shrimp meal pellets are an excellent way of keeping them well fed. A good sand sifter. One to an aquarium unless a male-female pair. May damage zoanthids. A known consumer of flat worms. Captive bred.
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