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      Sixbar Wrasse

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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Thalassoma hardwicke
      Max. size: 20.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 0 - 15 m
      Distribution:
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Line and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to the Lord Howe and Austral islands; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11. Color pattern remains similar with growth with terminal males becoming gaudier than primary males. Pale green with 6 dark bars, last two as saddles over the tail. Head with pink bands radiating from eye in large adults.
      Biology: Occurs in shallow lagoon and seaward reefs, slopes and along drop-offs to moderate depths. Occurs in small, loose groups. Feeds on benthic and planktonic crustaceans, small fishes, and foraminiferans.
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°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 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.
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