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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Thalassoma trilobatum
      . size: 30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 0 - 10 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Pitcairn, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Tonga and Rapa; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 10-12. The primary phase of this wrasse is almost indistinguishable from that of T. purpureum. But head of male T. trilobatum plain brown to orange or shaded with blue. Female most difficult and has a more spotted and shorter head. It lacks the 'V' on the snout that shows clearly on the T. purpureum. Initial phase with a diagonal dark red line below front of eye.
      Biology: Found in shallow exposed reef flats, usually with rock-base and mixed coral and algae. Also occurs in surge-swept reef flats, reef margins, and clear rocky shorelines, but may venture to deeper waters up to 10 m. Feeds on crustaceans (especially crabs), mollusks, and ophiuroids
      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 consisting of finely chopped enriched fish or shrimp flesh, mysis, and enriched brine shrimp with two to three feedings per day. Sometimes bury themselves if frightened. Usually, they sleep under rock shelves, on or under a coral branch, in a crevice, or directly on the sand surface, however, providing a deep sandbed of about 4 inches (10 cm) of fine-grained sand would be a good idea. They are highly active swimmers and need plenty of swimming space. They will also eat snails, worms, sea stars, urchins, and clams.
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