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      Registered: July 2003
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      Paracheilinus filamentosus
      Max. size: 15.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 5 - 35 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Similan Islands, Andaman Sea and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean; Kranket Islands, Madang, New Guinea; off Manado and Celebes (Indonesia); Concoro Islands, Cuyo Islands, Philippines, and the Solomon Islands. Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Palau, and the Great Barrier Reef.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 25. Emarginate caudal fin become lunate in males; 2-6 soft dorsal rays of males greatly prolonged (the odd-numbered rays beginning with the first); may be slightly prolonged in females (not so in Philippine adult females); non filamentous rays approximately equal in length. Tubed peduncular scales 5.9; side of body with four or five narrow red to blue stripes, only the first and third extending full length of body.
      Biology: Found in rubble areas in passages and outer reef slopes. Also occurs in lagoons. Feeds on zooplankton and other benthic invertebrates. Some geographical variations of nuptial males that are influenced by the presence of similar species. Occurs in small to large groups usually in depths of 10 m or more. Usually most common at about 25 m depth. Males readily display to each other or to females to spawn by flashing their colors and 'racing' past with erected fins. Hybridizes with several other species, and are most colorful where other similar species occur in the same area
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of zooplankton and benthic invertebrate. 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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