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 Aeoliscus punctulatus (Speckled Shrimpfish, Spotted Shrimpfish)

Aeoliscus punctulatus
(Bianconi, 1854)

Speckled Shrimpfish, Spotted Shrimpfish

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


These fishes belong in the Order Gasterosteiformes and Suborder Syngnathoidei as members of the Family Centriscidae (Shrimpfishes) consisting of 2 genera, and 4 species.

These tube-shaped mouthed fishes are closely related to pipefishes. They are knife-like in shape and swim with their head pointed downwards. Sometimes associated with long spine urchins. They feed on planktonic animals. Require live foods, preferably live mysis shrimp.

For in-depth information concerning these fishes, checkout Reef Fishes Volume 1 by Scott Michael (ISBN #1-890087-21-1). You can see a review of this exquisite book by visiting my Product & Book Reviews page.

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