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      U spot Wrasse
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      Halichoeres stigmaticus
      Max. size: 12.8 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 3 - 25 m
      Gazetteer Western Indian Ocean: known only from the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11-13. Caudal fin slightly to moderately rounded; females whitish with two broad brownish red to yellowish brown stripes, one dorsally on body and the other lateral, ending in a black spot at base of caudal fin; males pale blue and yellow on dorsal half of body (above lateral line, scale centers yellow, edges blue; colors reversed below the lateral line), gradually shading to whitish ventrally; a large U-shaped black mark within the pale blue area on upper side of tip of pectoral fin; a bright blue and yellow spot anteriorly on dorsal fin (first interspinous membrane mainly blue, second mainly yellow).
      Aquarium Care:These wrasses are hardy, adapt well to aquarium life, peaceful, take a wide variety of foodstuffs, resistant to parasitic infections, and compatible with other wrasses. They are usually found in outer reef areas, near rocky/coral rubble and sandy surroundings, yet may have an appetite for tubeworms.

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