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      Speckled Maori Wrasse
      Speckled Maori Wrasse

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Oxycheilinus arenatus
      Max. size: 19.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 25 - 46 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to Palau, Marshall Islands, and Samoa.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8-11. Recognized by the thin mid-lateral stripe and elongated blotch at front of dorsal fin between 1st and 3rd spines Body covered with relatively large scales; large canine teeth in the front of jaws.
      Biology: Found in caves of steep outer reef drop-offs from 25 to at least 46 m with rich invertebrate growth such as large gorgonians or soft corals. Feeds mainly on fishes, shrimps and other crustaceans
      Aquarium Care:They will eat snails, worms (including fire worms and feather dusters) shrimp (ornamental and mantis), crabs, brittle stars, sea stars, and small fish, therefore they are not recommended for the reef aquarium.

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