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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name:Canthigaster coronata
      Max. size: 14.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 6 - 100 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea south to Sodwana Bay, South Africa and east to Hawaiian Islands, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales. Throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 9-10. Two dark bars on body that end at about middle of the side.
      Biology: Inhabits sand and rubble bottoms of seaward reefs . Found mostly below depths of 23 m, but occasionally seen in as little as 6 m. Feeds on a wide variety of benthic organisms: gastropods, sponges, algae, bivalves, polychaetes, tunicates, crabs, sea urchins, heart urchins, brittle stars, bryozoans, peanut worms, various small crustaceans and foraminiferans.
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C) and feeds upon benthic invertebrate and sponges. Requires an enriched meaty diet with some vegetable matter, e.g., brine shrimp, earthworms, tubifex, worms, finely chopped fish and shrimp flesh, and should also have some fresh greens to graze upon. Requires numerous daily feedings. A possible fin nipper.
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