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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Oxycheilinus unifasciatus
      Max. size: 46.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. published weight: 1,400 g
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 1 - 160 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Rowley Shoals in northwestern Australia, New Caledonia, and Rapa.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8-11. Adults developing a distinctive black blotch covering the rears of the dorsal and anal fins. Display a bright white band over the tail. White bar often present on caudal peduncle (this pattern very changeable). Red lines radiating posteriorly from eye continuous across opercle to posterior opercular edge. Membranes of spinous portion of dorsal fin smooth, not incised.
      Biology: Usually solitary in coral rich areas of clear lagoon and seaward reefs. Hovers well above the bottom. Young secretive in soft corals and hydrozoans . Feeds mainly on fishes, shrimps and other crustaceans. May be ciguatoxic
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of small fishes benthic invertebrate. 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. 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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