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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Istigobius ornatus
      Max. size: 11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 2 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to northern Mozambique and east to Fiji, north to southern Taiwan, south to New Caledonia; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 9-11; Vertebrae: 26. Upper 3-4 pectoral fin rays free. Body color pale gray; operculum with 5 small blue spots interspersed with brownish red spots; 5 vertical rows of white spots on pectoral fins; anterior tip of first dorsal fin bright yellow. 4th spine of 1st dorsal fin longest. Predorsal scales cycloid, trunk ctenoid. Mouth with overhanging snout, lips greatly thickened. Cheeks and operculae without scales. Female pelvic and anal fins not as darkly pigmented as in male.
      Biology: A common species that inhabits mangroves and silty, rocky areas; occasionally found in rubble reef areas. Only single individuals were observed; many individuals found scattered over a small area. Found primarily in lower estuaries, usually in mangroves. This is the species of the genus that is found farthest inland. Feeds on small invertebrates
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C) and their natural diet consists mainly of benthic invertebrate. They are a sand sifter, picking up large mouthfuls of sand and expelling it through the gill covers, sifting out anything edible. 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. Not often seen in the trade. One per tank.
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