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"Dragon Wrasse size, almost 12 inches. Its scientific name is Novaculichthys Taeniourus (Lacepede, 1801) but it may also be found listed as Hemipteronotus Taeniourus. Thought to be a different species because of its juvenile phase appearance, this fish when young was at one time described under the name Novaculichtys(Lay & Bennet, 1839). Other common names: juveniles - Reindeer Wrasse, Adults -Rockmover Wrasse, Rock Mover Wrasse. Juveniles are suitable for a comunity tank at first but as they grow they become very aggressive. Distributation: Extends from Hawaii southward to central Polynesia, westward through Micronesa and Melanesia, through the East Indies, and across the Indian Ocean to the coast of Africa. Diet and Feeding: They are carnivores that posses two prominent teeth in the front of each jaw that are used for feeding on its favorite prey-- small fish, all types of desirable crustaceans and motile invertebrates, which includes serpent and brittle starfishes, bad bristle as well as beneficial worms, shrimps, hermit crabs, crabs, and snails. Should be fed a diet of bite sized meatfoods like fresh or frozen seafoods, silversides, live or frozen brine and mysid shrimp, live grass or ghost shrimp, live black worms, and flake food. "

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