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      Registered: July 2003
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      Pseudocheilinus tetrataenia
      Max. size: 7.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 6 - 44 m
      Gazetteer Pacific Ocean: Japan to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, south to the Austral Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9
      Biology: A secretive species that inhabits seaward reefs, among live coral or rubble. Often observed hiding around the base of small heads of live coral, especially Pocillopora meandrina. Stomach contents of specimens taken from Oahu and Johnston I. consisted of demersal eggs, copepods, amphipods, alpheid shrimp, crab megalops, larval shrimp and gastropod. However, it is likely that the copepods and larval food items are from demersal plankton because this species is never seen more than a few centimeters off the bottom
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of 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. Very secretive, and should have sufficient hiding places. Can eat the parasitic snails that infest Tridacna clams.
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