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      Spottedtail Hawkfish

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Cirrhitichthys calliurus
      Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 15 - 30 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: Gulf of Aden to the Gulf of Oman.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 6. Orange with dusky blotches, becoming blackish posteriorly; caudal fin white with small blackish spots and a black posterior border.
      Biology: Found on coral heads and rocky substrate waiting for prey to pass by.
      Aquarium Care: This species is rare in the hobby. The Spottedtail Hawkfish should not be kept with smaller, non-aggressive species (i.e. dartfish, small gobies, small anthia, flasher wrasses, and other small wrasses), especially in smaller tanks. If keeping this fish with less aggressive tankmates, then it should be introduced last to the community. It may eat ornamental shrimp.
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