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Species: Fallosquilla fallax

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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer / hatchet

Range: New Caledonia to the western Indian Ocean

Habitat: Sandy mud substrates

Depth: 30–80 m

Home: Burrows

Diet: Unknown. Probably small crabs and shrimp

Size: To at least 60 mm

Color: Tan and cream body with yellow, brown and white chromatophores; raptorial dactyl outer margin light tan

Distinguishing Characters: Raptorial dactyl with 4 or 5 teeth, base of dactyl with pronounced blade; carapace with anterolateral spines

Activity: Unknown

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–27° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Large adults may take small fish and shrimp

Aquarium size (adult): 40 l

Aquarium substrate: Sandy mud

Suitability for Aquarium: Somewhat delicate; difficult to provide adequate substrate for it to burrow

Availability: Rare; occasionally shows up in trawls

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