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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Chromis atrilobata
      Max. size: 13.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 6 - 80 m
      Distribution: Eastern Pacific: northern Gulf of California to northern Peru, including the Galapagos and Cocos islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 10-12. Brown with a prominent black spot on the base of the pectoral fin. Fins with thin light blue or white margin.
      Biology: Inhabits coral or rocky reefs. Aggregates in large numbers in open water above reefs and feeds on zooplankton. Not strongly territorial as other damselfishes in the area. This fish becomes almost invisible in the darkness of deep water except for its brilliant post-dorsal white spot which gives the illusion of glowing in the dark.
      Aquarium Care:These are schooling and peaceful damselfishes, and basically an open water feeder. They should be kept in schools/shoals of three or more. Feed a varied diet a few times daily. Meaty foods such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, flake foods high in vegetable matter, and other quality frozen foods are the preferred foodstuffs.
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