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      Spotted Wrasse

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Anampses meleagrides
      Max. size: 22.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 3 - 60 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa and the Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11-13. Ground color of female very dark brown; orangish on front of head and lower parts; body spotted with white or very pale yellow, extending to dorsal and anal fins; caudal bright cadmium. Male form deep violet; irregular blue spots on cheeks and lower operculum; body with round blue spots becoming oblong, nearly forming longitudinal bands ventrally; dorsal and anal fins with longitudinal bands; caudal with numerous blue ocelli. Dorsal spines flexible. Caudal fin of adults truncate to emarginate; rounded in small juveniles. Easily confused with male A. geographicus when seen underwater, except when displaying with iridescent blue-green lines and spots over the body and fins.
      Biology: Found in areas of mixed coral, rubble, consolidated limestone, and sand of seaward reefs; also in soft coral or sponge habitats
      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 often disturb bottom dwelling corals such as brain corals. Provide a fine-grained substrate of at least 3 inches (7.5 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. Timid.
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  1.   Mon April 9, 2007 1:14am Rating: 10.00 
    1. Snappy
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      Registered: February 2007
      Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
      Posts: 330

      Great shot, they don't like to sit still for the camera and are a little sciddish. Tough fish to photogragh.


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