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      Blackstripe Coris
      Blackstripe Coris

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name:Coris pictoides
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 9 - 33 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific: Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia (including Western Australia). Reported from Taiwan.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12; Vertebrae: 25. Body whitish; a broad black stripe from snout through eye, ending in upper central part of caudal fin, this stripe separated by a narrow white band from a mid dorsal black stripe. Iris yellowish. Male with yellow border on the lower edge of lateral black stripe; basal blackish band of dorsal fin tinged with red instead of yellow; anal fin darker yellow; caudal tinged with light red basally on lobe instead of bluish white. 6 branchiostegal rays. Fin spines pungent.
      Biology: Common around small coral heads in silty sand-rubble areas. Generally found at depths of more than 20 m. Occurs in small groups on sandy or muddy substrates along reef margins or on soft bottom. Enters shallow estuaries as well
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C) and 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. 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 3 inches (7.5 cm) in depth. Rarely seen in the trade.
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