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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Macropharyngodon kuiteri
      Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 5 - 55 m
      Gazetteer Western Pacific: presently known only from New Caledonia to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales (Australia).
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal soft rays: 12. Body light orangish with a bluish white spot on each scale, a large black spot on opercle rimmed in blue and a small blackish spot behind eye. Teeth spatulate (except canine at corner of mouth). Caudal peduncle short, its length 2.3 to 2.5 in least depth.
      Biology: Found in areas of mixed sand, rubble, and algae
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 74 - 83°F (23 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic 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. Rarely seen in the trade and difficult to maintain long-term.
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