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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Thalassoma duperrey
      Max. size: 28.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine
      Gazetteer Eastern Central Pacific: Johnston and Hawaiian islands.
      Biology: Occurs in clear lagoon and seaward reefs. Feeds mainly on benthic animals. Juveniles and adults sometimes act as cleaners. Spawning occurs either in aggregations by fish in the initial color phase or in pairs, typically with the terminal male being much larger than the female
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 79°F (22 - 26°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate 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 4 inches (10 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
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