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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Thalassoma amblycephalum
      Max. size: 16.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 1 - 15 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Somalia and South Africa to the Line, Marquesan, and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals, northern New Zealand and Lord Howe and Rapa islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Juveniles easily identified by the color pattern and rounded snout. Males become brightly colored and head usually green with a yellow band following on the body. Head naked, no scales dorsally on opercle. Initial phase with a broad blackish stripe from snout through eye to caudal-fin base.
      Biology: Occurs in aggregations over shallow lagoon and seaward reefs and on reef flats . Feeds mainly on crustacean zooplankton
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (23 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrates and zooplankton. 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. 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. They are highly active swimmers and need plenty of swimming space. They will also eat snails, worms, sea stars, urchins, and clams. Some juveniles associate with anemones.
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