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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Halichoeres scapularis
      Max. size: 20.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 2 - 10 m
      Gazetteer Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Papua New Guinea, north to Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11. The initial phase is olivaceous to brownish yellow dorsally, white ventrally, with a black zigzag stripe running from eye to upper caudal peduncle (continuing anteriorly as a yellow stripe from the eye to the snout). This primary phase is similar to H. trimaculatus except for the black zigzag stripe along its back. The terminal phase is green, the zigzag stripe lavender-pink with its anterior portion overlaid by a black blotch.
      Biology: Common in shallow lagoons or bays; usually over sand, rubble, or seagrass bottom, rather than on coral reefs. Usually solitary and aggressive towards members of its own species. Feeds on small crustaceans by picking them off the sandy bottom
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 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, take 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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