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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Novaculichthys macrolepidotus
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 0 - 4 m
      Gazetteer Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to New Guinea, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Lord Howe Island, Mariana Islands in Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12-14. A slender species, usually bright green. Juveniles vary from brown to green, usually with a blotched pattern.
      Biology: Found in seagrass beds and sandy algal flats of lagoons and mangrove channels. Secretive amongst the vegetation and well-camouflaged
      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. A notorious rock-mover, constantly looking for a meal under a small shell or rock. Can easily rearrange the decor in the aquarium. One per tank and becomes quite aggressive.
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