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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Paracheilinus carpenteri
      ax. size: 8.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 27 - 45 m
      Gazetteer Indo-West Pacific. Replaced by Paracheilinus mccoskeri in the Indian Ocean.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 25. In males, color is generally orange (yellow- or red-orange); lower fourth of head and body pale yellow; 2-4 dorsal soft rays prolonged (every other ray beginning with first). Males larger and more colorful than females; color of males intensify during courtship. Female specimens light red, pale white ventrally. Median predorsal scales 4-6. Penultimate dorsal soft ray of males 1.8-2.2 in HL; two short dark stripes beneath pectoral fin.
      Biology: Found on bases of steep outer reef slopes, above coral or rubble. Forms schools
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 79°F (24 - 26°C) and has a natural diet of zooplankton. Requires a meaty diet consisting of finely chopped enriched fish or shrimp flesh, mysis, and enriched brine shrimp with two to three feedings per day. Best kept in small groups. Should not be kept with more aggressive fishes, e.g., dottybacks and some damsels. They usually make good reef aquarium inhabitants if supplied with ample crevices and caves. Males usually live with several females and juveniles.
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