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      Lined Dartfish
      Lined Dartfish

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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Ptereleotris grammica
      Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 30 - 50 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Mauritius and Maldives to the Solomon Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-27; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 23-26; Vertebrae: 26. Whitish head and body with 3 narrow stripes. Chin with a low, longitudinal, median fold. Scales close-set, embedded or partially embedded, non imbricate (except posteriorly). 1st dorsal fin higher than 2nd, 3rd - 5th spines of adults filamentous; 2nd dorsal with alternating blue and orange-yellow stripes.
      Biology: Occurs on rubble or sandy areas of seaward reefs. Burrows occasionally.
      Aquarium Care: Provide a peaceful community with plenty of hiding places. This species is a deeper water fish tham most, and may acclimate more readily if provided lower lighting. The Lined Dartfish is prone to jumping, so take care to cover the tank, small openings and crevices. A shy species does well with peaceful tankmates. Feeds on zooplankton, so a refugium may be beneficial. Provide a varied meaty diet, including shaved or finely chopped fresh or frozen seafood, frozen preparations for carnivores, frozen and live brine shrimp and mysid shrimp.
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