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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Hemitaurichthys polylepis
      Max. size: 18.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 40 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to Indonesia to and the Hawaiian, Line, and Pitcairn Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and New Caledonia; throughout Micronesia. Replaced by Hemitaurichthys zoster in the Indian Ocean.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23-26; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 19-21. Readily identified by unusual coloration.
      Biology: Occurs in large schools that may extend several meters above the edges of steep current-swept outer reef slopes. Common. Feeds on plankton.
      Aquarium Care: Provide with plenty of swimming room. This fish is not a threat to sessile invertebrates, and will accept a varety of foods (including mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, finely chopped seafood, frozen preparations). If the aquarium is of a larger size, this species can be housed in pairs or small groups. Acclimates better when tankmates are non-aggressive. Once established, however, moderately aggressive fish can be introduced.
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