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Species: Raoulserenea hieroglyphica

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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: Indo-Pacific, French Polynesia

Habitat: Coral and coral rubble

Depth: 0-130 m

Home: Cavities and crevices

Diet: Unknown, but probably small fish and shrimp

Size: To at least 83 mm

Color: Hieroglyphic-like color pattern on the carapace and body although occasional solid-colored individuals occur. Pair of eye-spots on carapace are dark surrounded by a complete pale ring. Raptorial dactylus brown with red-orange outer margin

Distinguishing Characters: Rostral plate without apical spine, dark "eyespots" on carapace surrounded by white ring; broad front eyes; antennal scale with several dark spots

Activity: Unknown, but in aquarium seems to be diurnal

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Likely to take small fish and shrimp

Aquarium size (adult): 40 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand, gravel and rubble

Suitability for Aquarium: Not terribly hardy

Availability: Rare, but does appear on species lists from Indonesia and the Philippines

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