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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Amblygobius albimaculatus
      Max. size: 18.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; brackish; marine
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa south to Durban (South Africa), including most islands on the western Indian Ocean islands; Indonesia, Australia and South Pacific islands. Also known from Japan and Philippines.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 12-14. Males with 3 black spots near base of 2nd dorsal fin and round spots on cheek; females with brown-edged band from upper lip to upper operculum.
      Biology: Epibenthic and littoral, entering estuaries and lagoons. Usually seen in pairs, hovering a short distance above the substratum. It builds its burrow in sand or silty sand by moving out mouthfuls of sediment
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C) and their natural diet consists mainly of small benthic invertebrate. They feed by taking mouthfuls of sand and sifting out benthic invertebrates and organic matter. Requires a meaty diet, i.e., enriched brine shrimp, mysis, finely chopped fish or shrimp flesh, and other various frozen carnivore foods, 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. This is a great sand shifter!
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