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Species: Pseudosquillisma guttata

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P. guttata 1
P. guttata 2
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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: Indo-Pacific, French Polynesia

Habitat: Coral rubble

Depth: 0–30 m

Home: Cavities

Diet: Unknown

Size: To at least 35 mm

Color: Mottled, darker spots on lighter background, raptorial merus with large white spots, walking legs blue, uropods blue-green with pink setae

Distinguishing Characters: Rostral plate with apical spine, dark “eyespots” on carapace not surrounded by white ring or spots; broad front eyes

Activity: Unknown, but in aquarium seems diurnal

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Given small size, vulnerable to fish predation

Aquarium size (adult): 40 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand, gravel and rubble

Suitability for Aquarium: Delicate

Availability: Very rare

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