Identification: Large, thick heads with a
broad crest over both eyes. They have snub
snouts and short mouths with grooves connecting to the nostrils and
teeth both for holding (in the front) and crushing (in the rear).
Origin: Warm temperate to tropical waters in
the western Indian and the western and
eastern Pacific oceans.
Maximum Length: They grow to between 22" and 66" long.
Minimum tank size: 150 Gallon
Behavior: Semi active. Rests on the bottom most of the time.
Feeding and diet: They crush sea-urchins,
starfishes, crabs, shrimps, barnacles, marine
worms, sea-snails, and other hard prey with their rear teeth, and they
also catch small fishes.
Reef Compatibility: Definitely Not.
Cautions: They have fin spines on their two dorsal fins and an anal fin. Be careful in handling.
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