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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Macropharyngodon negrosensis
      Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 8 - 32 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Andaman Sea and Christmas Island to the Philippines and Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to northern Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11; Vertebrae: 25. Color in life of black with iridescent blue-green spots on body and light yellow antero-dorsally on head body; head banded. Anterior lateral line pored scales 2-3. Males display with metallic green shiny color that is turned on shortly for the occasion.
      Biology: Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs, in areas of mixed sand and coral. Post pelagic juveniles carried by currents beyond their normal breeding range. They are often in pairs or small loose groups, swimming close to the bottom. When approached, they move up and down in an unusual way that may worry a possible predator. Adults move about in small groups
      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 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. Difficult to maintain long-term
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