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      Bicolor Toby

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Canthigaster smithae
      Max. size: 13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 20 - 37 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: Agalega Islands, Mauritius to Durban, South Africa. Also Maldives
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 9. Caudal peduncle and sides behind pectoral fins covered with dark dots; dark lines around eye; sometimes with a dark stripe on midventral line of belly; fins translucent with dark-edged rays; upper and lower edge of caudal fin dark.
      Biology: Inhabits outer reef slopes
      Aqaurium 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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