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      Cheekspot Scorpionfish

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Scorpaenodes littoralis
      Max. size: 11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 30 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: known from scattered localities.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5. Sub opercle with a dark spot. Suborbital ridge with single row of 3 spines; interorbital spines usually present, sometimes not well marked; small spines at midline between tympanic spines sometimes present.
      Biology: Specimens have been collected from deep reefs off Natal, South Africa. Inhabits rocky or coral areas and caves.
      Aquarium Care: Venomous. Provide plenty of hiding places, overhangs, caves, and coral rubble. Live foods like grass shrimp will help induce a feeding response. This species may be a threat to smaller fish, and will eat ornamental crustaceans.
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