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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Thalassoma pavo
      Max. size: 25.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 1 - 150 m
      Gazetteer Eastern Atlantic: Portugal to south of Cape Lopez, Gabon and including the islands of Azores, Madeira, Canary, São Tomé and Annobon. Also in the Mediterranean.
      Biology: Inhabits coastal waters near rocks and eel-grass beds. Usually solitary, sometimes in small groups. Feeds on small mollusks and crustaceans. Protogynous hermaphrodite, with distinct sexual dichromatism
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 65 - 72°F (18 - 22°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. Rarely seen in the trade and a cool water fish
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