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  • Tal Sweet's MBI Stats
    Approved Reports: 33
    Points: 585 pnts
    Award Level:  Progressive Breeder
    Total Posts: 5467
    MBI Join Date: 8/31/2006 8:12:20 AM
    Last Login: 12/14/2023 8:10:33 PM
    Location: Waterford, MI
    MBI Site: MarineLife Aquarium Society of Michigan
  • Species Data
    Species: Pterapogon kauderni
    Has Successfully been bred and raised in captivity
    Reference: http://www.breedersregistry.org/Articles/v4_i4_marini/marini.htm
    Class: A
    Environment: Demersal; marine, usually ? - 2 m
    Size/Weight/Age: Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed;
    Distribution: Western Central Pacific: Apparently restricted to Banggai Islands, Indonesia. Threatened by extinction due to collection for the aquarium trade (Ref. 27438, 35396).
    Description: Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 14; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 13. Easily recognized by its tasseled first dorsal fin, elongate anal and second dorsal fin rays, deeply forked caudal fin and striking color pattern.
    Biology: Common around the jetty, in silty sand bottoms with seagrass (Enhalus acoroides). Associated with Diadema setosum, the long-spined sea urchins. Individuals of 2 to 60 hover directly above the urchins, with the younger ones about 2-3 cm SL staying closer to the urchins. The fish retreat among the spines when threatened. Probably feed on small benthic and planktonic crustaceans at night. Male incubates the eggs until hatching; the large egg about 2.5 mm in diameter, with the young remaining within the mouth cavity for undetermined period after hatching (Ref. 9936, 48635). Newly hatched larvae have no planktonic period (Ref. 35886 ). Juveniles also use anemones for protection (Ref. 45560, 48635). Has been reared in captivity (Ref. 35417 ).
    Data Sheet: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/speciessummary.php?id=15426
    WoRMS: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxlist&tName=Pterapogon kauderni
    Classification Request: Classification Request Not Available

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