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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Anampses elegans
      Max. size: 29.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 2 - 35 m
      Distribution: Southwest Pacific: Australia and New Zealand. Range extends eastward to Easter Island.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 810. Body color light brown with a faint blue spot, 1 per scale, above lateral line and 7 faint golden stripes following centers of scale rows below lateral line; a faint dark stripe from front of snout to eye with a fainter continuation behind eye; lower half of head pale silvery. Pectoral fin comparatively long (1.5-1.7 times in HL).
      Biology: Primarily found in lagoons. Also in coastal reef areas. Feeds on a variety of invertebrates. Females in groups of up to 80 or more, males territorial
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of zooplankton and benthic invertebrate. Requires a meaty diet, including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type frozen foods with two or three feedings per day. May be very difficult to get feeding in the beginning, and if so, try some live foods. Should only be kept in aquaria with a deep sandbed as they bury themselves at night, and when so, may disturb bottom dwelling corals such as brain corals. Provide a fine-grained substrate of at least 4 inches (10 cm) in depth. These wrasses should be considered marginal reef or fish-only aquarium fishes, as they can be difficult to maintain for any length of time.
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