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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Oxycheilinus digramma
      Max. size: 40.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; brackish; marine ; depth range 3 - 50 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Marshall Islands and Samoa.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8-11. Differs from the very similar C. unifasciatus by always lacking the white bar in front of the caudal base as well as the area clear of red streaks extending from the eye to just above the pectoral axis.
      Biology: Inhabits lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs in coral rich areas. Possibly to 120 m depths. Young are more inshore on sheltered reef crests or slopes, usually amongst soft corals or stinging hydrozoans. The species is observed to swim with a group of goatfish and change its color to resemble these fish, it then darts out from the group to catch small fish
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of small fishes. Requires a meaty diet consisting of chopped enriched fish and shrimp flesh, small snails, mysis, and enriched brine shrimp with two to three feedings per day. 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. Very hardy, yet becomes aggressive with age. One per tank
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