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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name:Halichoeres argus
      Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine
      Distribution:Gazetteer Indo-West Pacific: Sri Lanka to Taiwan and northern Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11-12; Vertebrae: 25. Young green when in seagrasses and greenish brown on reefs. Recognized by the unusual color patterns on the cheek or the black spotted scales over the back . Preserved male specimens with pale spots on scales; dark spot behind eye (continuous with a bifurcating dark band which extends ventrally); another on opercle; a dark band on snout from upper lip to eye; head with bands; spot on upper caudal base may be present or absent (present in females). Anterior lateral line scales with 1-3 pores (usually 2); 5-6 suborbital pores. Anterior dorsal and anal soft rays longer than posterior rays; pelvic fins of males relatively short, not reaching anus.
      Biology: Inhabits shallow coastal reefs and seagrass flats, also in algae-rocky reef flats and lagoons
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 82°F (25 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate. Requires a meaty diet, including finely chopped fish or shrimp flesh, fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type frozen foods with two or three feedings per day. These burrowing wrasses are hardy, adapt well to aquarium life, peaceful, takes a wide variety of foodstuffs, resistant to parasitic infections and compatible with other wrasses. May have an appetite for tubeworms. Provide a fine-grained substrate of at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) in depth.
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