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      Dracula Shrimp-Goby
      Dracula Shrimp-Goby

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Stonogobiops dracula
      Max. size: 7.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 15 - 37 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: Seychelles, Maldives.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 26. Eyes and mouth large. Head yellow anteriorly and dorsally, white posteriorly; broad, diagonal bar from ventroposterior part of head to nape; 5 head pores. White interspaces on body bisected by orange-red line. First dark bar of body continued into the first, round dorsal fin; 2nd dorsal, anal and caudal fins pale whitish. Pectoral fins pointed. No scales on thorax and pectoral base. Angle of jaws 35 degrees. Palatines with tooth-like processes. Longitudinal scale series 84-94, transverse 26-32. Naked median predorsal region.
      Biology: Inhabits open sand and rubble zones adjacent to reefs. Occurs in pairs and hovers above the burrow entrance. Lives symbiotically with Alpheus randalli
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C) and their natural diet consists mainly of benthic invertebrate. Lives in association with Alpheus randalli. Little else is know about this species as its not often seen in the trade
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