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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Pseudodax moluccanus
      Max. size: 30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 3 - 60 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa and to the Society, Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 14
      Biology: Inhabits clear channels and seaward reefs. Juveniles are commonly found along drop-offs below 18 m. Adults usually found near caves while juveniles frequently live inside them. Adults are solitary and feed on algae and small invertebrates. Juveniles have been observed 'cleaning' other fishes. Because of its dentition, it is regarded as a close relative to the parrotfishes (Scaridae), although it behaves like the species of Anampses
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate and algae. Requires a mostly meaty diet consisting of finely chopped enriched fish or shrimp flesh, mysis, and enriched brine shrimp and some green foods with two to three feedings per day. It will burrow at night so provide a substrate of fine sand about 4 inches (10 cm) deep. One male per tank.
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