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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Chelonodon patoca
      Max. size: 33.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: * reef-associated; anadromous; freshwater; brackish; marine
      Climate: tropical; 23 - 28°C
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: east coast of Africa down to Port Alfred, South Africa (including Madagascar) and as far east as the Admiralty Islands, New Britain and Trobiand Islands; southward to North Australia; northward to China and westward to India and the Gulf of Iran.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8-10. Body covered with prickles (Ref. 559).
      Biology: Occurs in coastal waters and enters the lower reaches of rivers and lagoons. Usually found around the mouths of rivers or in brackish mangrove estuaries and sometimes penetrates fresh water, but is never found more than a few km from the sea. Considered a delicacy in Japan
      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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