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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Cheilinus trilobatus
      Max. size: 45.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; brackish; marine ; depth range 1 - 30 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Tuamoto and Austral islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8. Olivaceous with a vertical red line on each body scale; small red spots and irregular lines on head and chest; red lines radiating anteriorly from eye. Large adults of this species have trilobed caudal fins.
      Biology: Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs at depths of 1 to over 30 m, and relatively common along shallow reef margins with good coral cover. Usually solitary. Feeds mainly on shelled benthic invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans, but occasionally takes fishes. Difficult to approach . Juveniles secretive on algae reefs and usually around stinging hydrozoans
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate, mainly hard-shelled invertebrate. Requires a meaty diet consisting of various enriched fish and invertebrate flesh with two or three feedings per week. They do not burro, yet like to sleep in caves and crevices. All eat snails, worms (feather dusters) shrimp, crabs, brittle stars, sea stars, and small fish, therefore they are not recommended for the reef aquarium. Most are also big eaters, and after a big meal can go days without feeding again.
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