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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Canthigaster ocellicincta
      Max. size: 6.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 10 - 53 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific: the Philippines, Indonesia, islands of Melanesia, and the Great Barrier Reef.
      Morphology: Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal soft rays: 9
      Biology: Moves fleetingly from one hole of the reef to the other. Very secretive
      Aquarium Care:Pufferfishes are smaller than Porcupinefishes and many species contain a strong toxin, and also have the ability to inflate themselves by ingesting large quantities of air. They do not have pelvic fins, and their front teeth are fused together, yet separated by a gap giving the appearance of having four teeth. In the wild they feed upon snails, tube worms, crabs, sponges, starfish, clams, shrimp, urchins, tunicates, coral polyps, and algae, including coralline algae. In the aquarium, they will take any type of meaty foodstuffs, e.g., brine shrimp, earthworms, and tubifex/black worms, 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.

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