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Species: Gonodactylellus espinosus

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Common name: None

Functional type: Smasher

Range: French Polynesia and Central Pacific to Cocos-Keeling Islands

Habitat: Reef crests to subtidal reef flats; often in high-energy surge zones

Depth: Low intertidal to 2 m

Home: Cavities in coral rubble and coralline algae

Diet: Unknown, but probably small crustaceans and gastropods

Size: 8 to 40 mm

Color: Dorsal color light brown, green or purple with posterior margins of body somites green, telson carina green, meral spot white

Distinguishing Characters: Intermediate teeth of the telson appressed to the margin of the telson. In this respect the telson resembles Neogonodactylus wennerae, N bredini and N. zacae

Activity: Diurnal

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Unknown

Aquarium size (adult): 20 l

Aquarium substrate: Coral rubble, coralline algae with cavities

Suitability for Aquarium: Reasonably hardy; does best with moderate current

Availability: Rare. Occasional hitchhiker in live rock

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