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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Stethojulis bandanensis
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed 8.0 cm TL (female)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 3 - 30 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: eastern Indian Ocean to western Australia, including the Christmas Island, Cocos-Keeling and the Andaman Sea; from Japan to New South Wales, Micronesia; offshore islands in the eastern Pacific, Clipperton, Cocos and the Galapagos. Range extends to Baja California during El Niño (Victor, pers. comm.). Replaced by Stethojulis albovittata in the west Indian Ocean and Stethojulis balteata in the Hawaiian Islands
      Morrphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11. 1st spine of the anal fin is minute or imbedded.Terminal males typically have a series of partial to complete longitudinal thin blue lines on their sides. Females mainly bluish grey with fine white spotting over upper sides and a small red spot at axil of pectoral fin.
      Biology: Usually found in shallow clear water of reef flats and lagoon and seaward reefs, in areas of mixed sand, rubble and coral. Usually solitary or in small groups. Feeds mainly on demersal planktonic crustaceans and small benthic invertebrates.
      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. Difficult to feed, and sometimes bury themselves if frightened. Usually, they sleep under rock shelves, on or under a coral branch, in a crevice, or directly on the sand surface, however, providing a deep sandbed of about 3 inches (7.5 cm) of fine-grained sand would be a good idea
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