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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Coris cuvieri
      ax. size: 38.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine
      Gazetteer Indian Ocean: Red Sea and along the southern Arabian Peninsula south to Zanzibar and South Africa (30°S) and east to the Laccadive Archipelago, Chagos Archipelago, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and the Similan Islands, eastern Andaman Sea.
      Biology: Inhabits exposed outer reef flats and lagoon and seaward reefs, in areas of mixed sand, coral and rubble. Juveniles occur in small tide pools, exposed reef flats with algae-rubble. Generally solitary. Feeds mainly on hard-shelled prey, including crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins. Turns over rocks to prey on hiding invertebrates. Young look very different
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate, usually hard-shelled invertebrates. Requires a meaty diet, including chopped fish and shrimp flesh, fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type frozen foods, with two or three feedings per day. Has a habit of turning over rubble, therefore can damage plate corals. Will also eat snails, urchins, sea stars, brittle stars, shrimp, clams, and worms of all kinds. A burrowing species, therefore, provide a fine-grained substrate of at least 4 inches (10 cm) in depth.
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