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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Macropharyngodon bipartitus bipartitus
      Max. size: 13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine ; depth range - 30 m
      Distribution:
      Gazetteer Western Indian Ocean: ranging south to Natal, South Africa; excluding the Red Sea.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11
      Biology: Inhabits lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs. Occurs singly or in pairs; females often found in small groups . Feeds on invertebrates by picking items from the substratum. Burrows in the sand at the sign of danger
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic hard-shelled invertebrate. Requires a meaty diet consisting of finely chopped clam, mussel, fish, and shrimp flesh, small snails, mysis, and enriched brine shrimp with two to three feedings per day. Should only be kept in aquaria with a deep sandbed as they bury themselves at night, and when so, may often disturb bottom dwelling corals such as brain corals. Provide a fine-grained substrate of at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) in depth. They are hardy, peaceful and adjust well to aquarium life.
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