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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Pseudojuloides atavai
      Max. size: 13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 12 - 31 m
      Gazetteer Pacific Ocean: Guam to the Society, Tuamoto, Austral and Ducie islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12. The primary phase of P. atavai closely resembles juvenile Thalassoma amblycephalum; the terminal phase is orange-yellow anteriorly with dull violet squiggly lines on the head and reddish horizontal and vertical lines on the body, becoming abruptly bluish-black posteriorly. Caudal fin not very short (length 1.3 to 1.5 times in head length). First dorsal-fin ray longest. Snout 2.7 to 2.9 times in head length.
      Biology: Found well above the bottom of exposed seaward reefs and clear lagoons
      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. Difficult to feed, and needs a layer of sand to sleep or hide in if threatened. Provide a substrate of fine sand about 3 inches (7.5 cm) deep. Difficult to maintain and best left in the wild. Rarely seen in the trade.
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