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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Arothron mappa
      Max. size: 65.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range - 30 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Natal, South Africa and east to Samoa, northward to the Ryukyus and western sea of Japan, southward to New Caledonia and Queensland, Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Body covered with prickles. Body beautifully colored; black area around anus, black reticulations below pectoral fins.
      Biology: Occurs in clear lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs. Usually close to shelter. Occurs single. Feeds on algae, sponges, and benthic invertebrates
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 77 to 82°F (25 - 28°C) and feeds upon benthic invertebrate, algae, and sponges. Requires an enriched meaty diet with some vegetable matter, e.g., brine shrimp, earthworms, tubifex, worms, chunky fish and shrimp flesh, and should also have some fresh greens to graze upon. They may graze upon coralline algae and are not safe with tubeworms and/or, can become fin-nippers. Require numerous daily feedings and plenty of swimming space. Will chew on anything it can get into its mouth, including aquarium equipment. May need to be dewormed and have their teeth filed to prevent overgrowth, which will inhibit their ability to eat. Poisonous to eat.
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