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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Callionymus lyra
      Max. size: 30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); 25.0 cm TL (female); max. reported age: 6 years
      Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 5 - 430 m
      Climate: temperate; 16 - 20°C;
      Distribution: Eastern Atlantic: southern Iceland and Norway south to Mauritania, including the northern Mediterranean, Gibraltar, and Algeria, western Black Sea, Aegean and Adriatic Sea, Azores and the Canary Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal soft rays: 9. Gill opening dorsal. Usually antrorse (forward-pointing) tip at base of preopercular spine. Rays of second dorsal unbranched except for the last, which is divided at base. Snout length 2-3 times the diameter of the eye.
      Biology: Occurs on sand and muddy bottoms from sublittoral to 200 m and to 400 m or more. Feeds on small invertebrates, mainly worms and crustaceans. Territorial, males aggressive with each other. Complex courtship behavior consists of 4 phases: courtship, pairing, ascending, releasing eggs and milt. Pelagic eggs and larvae
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