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Maj. Dwarf Parrot - Coral Sea

04916

Dwarf Parrots
Maj. Dwarf Parrot - Coral Sea
Cirrhilabrus temminckii
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Care: 
Intermediate
Diet: 
Omnivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Melanesia
Name Cirrhilabrus temminckii is used for a species-complex and the true species occurs in southern Japan from Izu Peninsula to the Ryukyu Islands. Variants in Indonesia and western Australia probably represent additional species (see opposite page). Non-excited males are bright red over the back, dusky to red on sides and have white ventrals that are greatly elongated. Nuptial males turn a blue white over the back. A schooling species, occurring along reef margins to about 25m depth. Adults may feed high  above the substrate on zooplankton, but juveniles remain close to the substrate. Length to 10cm.

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