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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Abalistes stellaris
      Family: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
      Max. size: 60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. )
      Environment: demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 51243); marine
      Climate: tropical; 32°N - 24°S
      Importance: fisheries: commercial; aquarium: commercial
      Resilience: Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary tmax (3/K) or low-fecundity Order)
      Gazetteer Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Southeast Asia, north to Japan and south to northern Australia. Eastern Atlantic: St. Helena and south coasts of Africa (Ref. 7348).
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-27; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 24-26. Scales enlarged above the pectoral fin base and just behind the gill slit to form a flexible tympanum; scales of posterior body with prominent keels, forming longitudinal ridges. A prominent groove in the skin extending anteriorly from front of eye for a distance of about 1 eye diameter. Caudal peduncle depressed. Caudal fin rays of adults prolonged above and below.
      Biology: Inhabit coastal areas, usually found over muddy and sandy bottoms, also around reefs, together with the sponges and algae (Ref. 5213). Feed on benthic animals
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