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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Ptereleotris helenae
      Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 60 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Atlantic: southeastern Florida, USA and throughout the Antilles, and Brazil.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 22-24; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 21-23. Body pale bluish-gray, with lavender overtones. Fins paler, greenish yellow; caudal fins rounded, moderately long. Mouth very oblique. Scales very small, about 145 in lateral series.
      Biology: Found on sandy or coral rubble bottoms. Inhabits 'U-shaped' burrows. Often in pairs. Feeds on zooplankton. Hovers head down near burrow.
      Aquarium Care: This species is rarely seen in the hobby. As with other members of the genus Ptereleotris, provide plenty of hiding places, substrate, and peaceful tankmates. Feeds on zooplankton, so a productive refugium may be beneficial. A vaired meaty diet, such as finely chopped seafood, frozen preparations for carnivores, frozen and live brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp. Cover the tank and small openings and crevices to prevent this fish from jumping out of the tank.
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