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      Registered: January 2004
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      Scientific Name: Plagiotremus rhinorhynchus
      Max. size: 12.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 40 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea south to Knysna, South Africa and east to the Line, Marquesan and Society islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. Throughout Micronesia. Not recorded from Hawaii. Replaced by Plagiotremus ewaensis in the Hawaiian Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 31-37; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 29-33. Adults variable in color, ranging from black to yellow; 2 blue stripes on body.
      Biology: Inhabit clear, coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. Hide in deserted worm tubes or other small holes when alarmed. Feed on the skin, mucus and sometimes scales of other fishes by quick attacks. Juveniles mimic the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus. Oviparous.
      Aquarium Care: This species is one of the "sabretooth blennies", and will bite fellow tankmates unless they have toxic body slime. Better suited to a species tank, or with fish such as Puffers. This fish is harmless towards invertebrates. Keep one per tank.
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