Gramma loreto (*)
The Royal gramma (Gramma loreto) is a popular aquarium fish.
The fish begins as a dark purple starting at the head which fades mid-body to yellow at the tail. The royal gramma will also have a small black spot on the front of the dorsal fin. The royal gramma resembles the false gramma (Pictichromis paccagnellae), with the two main differences between the two being that the false gramma has clear fins and does not fade, but rather has a distinct change in color. Royal gramma averages slightly over 8 cm (3 inches) and has been tank bred.
The royal gramma is a planktivore, eating mostly zooplankton and crustaceans. They will also accept frozen and meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysid shrimp in the wild.
Their natural range covers the Bahamas, Venezuela and the Lesser Antilles. They are carnivorous and eat most meat-based diets.
In the aquarium
"Gramma loreto". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 18 April 2006.
In the film Finding Nemo the character Gurgle (voiced by Austin Pendleton) is a royal gramma.
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