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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Abudefduf bengalensis
      Max. size: 17.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; brackish; marine ; depth range 1 - 6 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: eastern Indian Ocean, north to Japan, south to Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Large adults recognized by the rounded tail with pale margin. Has narrow dark bands and lacks peduncular spot that distinguishes this species form similar ones. Similar to A. vaigiensis and A. sexfasciatus but has more black bars (6-7 versus 5).
      Biology: Occurs singly or in small groups in inshore reef and lagoon environments. Feeds on algae, gastropods, and small crabs. Highly territorial
      Aquarium Care:Most damselfishes are extremely hardy, colorful, lively, and inexpensive. They are generally very territorial and will eat most foods. It is recommended they not be added to community aquariums until after all the more peaceful fishes have been placed into the system.Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C). Natural diet consists of benthic invertebrate, such as crabs. Can be quite aggressive. Requires a meaty diet with some algae and two or three feedings per day. Rarely seen in the trade and probably better left in the wild.
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