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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Oxycheilinus bimaculatus
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 2 - 110 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian and Marquesan islands, north to southern Japan, south to Vanuatu; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8. Body variable from brown to yellow or green mixed with various color shades or spots. Males develop long filaments on the caudal fin. Young with a broad, dark lateral stripe which breaks into dark blotches in adults, the largest above distal pectoral fins. A small dark spot behind eye. Mouth terminal or lower jaw slightly projecting. Caudal fin of terminal males rhomboid, with central rays longest, and dorsalmost caudal-fin ray elongated into a short filament. A small species (reaching about 14 cm).
      Biology: Inhabits outer reef slopes or deep clear lagoons among rubble or clumps of algae; also in seagrass beds. Often in sheltered estuaries and harbors
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate and small fishes. Requires a meaty diet consisting of enriched clam and mussel meat, small snails, mysis, and enriched brine shrimp with two to three feedings per day. Very hardy, yet becomes aggressive with age. 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. One per tank.
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