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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Amblycirrhitus bimacula
      Max. size: 8.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Mangaréva, Tuamoto Islands and the Hawaiian Islands, north to Taiwan; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 6. Irregular dark bars on body which may be broken into spots; 2 narrow diagonal bars on cheek; opercle and base of soft dorsal with large ocellated black spot.
      Biology: A secretive species remaining in or near interstices of rock, coral, or rubble. Moderately common in seaward reefs in areas exposed to moderate surge or currents.
      Aquarium Care: This species will do well in a fish and reef tank. Due to its secretive nature, it will be seen less often than other hawkfish. The Twospotted Hawkfish is not as aggressive as others in its family, but it will defend its hiding spot from intruders. It may also attack other fish, such as sand perches, gobies and blennies. Provide plenty of live rock for the Twospotted Hawkfish, as it will find some natural food items. When kept with aggressive feeders, this species may not get food because of its reclusiveness. May eat small ornamental shrimps and tubeworms, but no threat to inverts. May agitate sessile inverts by perching on them.
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