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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Siganus puellus
      Max. size: 38.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 1 - 30 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia, Indonesia, South China, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands, Philippines, Palau, Caroline Islands, Kapingamarangi Islands, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 7; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 13. Body yellow-orange above to silvery white below; a prominent blackish bar on head, spotted; iris blackish; opercular area silver; dorsal and anal fin spines and rays yellow, spines with white streak. Spines stout and venomous. Preopercular angle 101°-111°. Cheeks fully covered with strong scales. Midline of thorax scaled; scaled pelvic ridges may interrupt scale row pattern. Low rim of anterior nostril expanded posteriorly into a short, broad triangular flap.
      Biology: Occurs in shallow, coral-rich areas of clear lagoons and seaward reefs. Individuals up to 7 cm SL forms large schools in shallows, lagoons and outer reef flats, particularly in areas dominated by luxurious growths of Acropora. Adults occur in pairs. Juveniles feed on filamentous algae, adults on algae, tunicates, and sponges . Can inflict painful stings
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 82°F (24 - 28°C) and feeds upon algae, sponges, and sessile colonial tunicates. Even though an omnivore, they are excellent herbivores and require a large amount of vegetable matter in their diet. In fact, they are one of the better hair alga consumers. Requires a varied diet made up of mostly vegetable matter, especially some Spirulina flake and some nori (dried seaweed/kelp). Should receive at least several feedings per day. They are easy to feed, none aggressive, and resistant to poor water quality. Keep in mind they have venomous dorsal and anal fins, similar to lionfish, and care must be taken in their handling. Not safe with some soft corals, such as Xenia.
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