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Species: Raoulserenea ornata

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R. ornata 1
Click on the image to see an enlargement. Photo © 2009 Roy Caldwell.

Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: French Polynesia to the western Indian Ocean

Habitat: Coral reef under boulders or amongst live corals

Depth: 0–20 m

Home: In cavities when small, burrows

Diet: Generalist, small crabs, shrimp and fish

Size: To at least 40 mm; unconfirmed report to 82 mm

Color: Green body, red carinae and spines on telson, blue eyespots on carapace surrounded by pale ring

Distinguishing Characters: Rostral plate rounded interiorly

Activity: Unknown

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Large adults may take fish and shrimp

Aquarium size (adult): 40 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand, gravel, coral rubble and live coral

Suitability for Aquarium: Somewhat delicate

Availability: Rare

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