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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Choeroichthys sculptus
      Max. size: 8.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 2 - 3 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Line and Gambier Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Tonga. Throughout Micronesia. Also from the Society Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-34; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 4. Short-snouted; dark, blackish brown with small black spots and small white ocelli in parallel series along trunk, and some white speckles over the back. Males are characterized by vertical row of silver spots.
      Biology: Inhabits intertidal reef flats. Also found in seagrass habitats to few meters depth. Males may be brooding at 4.6 cm SL.
      Aquarium Care:This Pipefish is difficult to keep in an aquarium and should be kept with other pipefish and seahorses in a separate species-only tank that is 50 gallons or larger with multiple caves and overhangs. It will not harm ornamental invertebrates in a reef setting. DO NOT HOUSE it with invertebrates with stinging tentacles (most corals and anemones), because they can harm it. Pipefish reacts poorly when harassed by other more aggressive fish such as blennies, wrasses, tobies, triggerfish, and porcupinefish. The diet should consist of small live invertebrates such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, baby guppies, grass shrimp, mosquito larva, and daphnia. If the Banded Pipefish will eat them, frozen mysid shrimp provide good nutrition. It needs to be fed at least three times per day, and is a very slow eater because of its tiny tubular mouth.
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