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Blue Eye Tang - Fiji


Blue Eye Tang - Fiji
Ctenochaetus binotatus
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Widespread Indo-West Pacific. Various reef habitats, occurring singly, in pairs or small. Identified by the dark spots opposite each other at the ends of the dorsal  and anal fin bases, usually with yellow shadowing behind. Eye distinctly blue. Caudal fin yellow in most small juveniles and adults in some populations, depending on locality. Length to about 20cm, but usually smaller.
The common name "surgeonfish" is derived from a characteristic that clearly distinguishes Acanthuridae from other fish families: the spines or "scalpels" on the caudal peduncle, one or more on each side. Based primarily on differences in this characteristic, the family can be divided into three subfamilies: The Acanthurinae, in which the peduncular spine  rests in a groove and can be erected in defence during the fights, the Nasinae and Prionurinae in which the peduncular feature is arranged as one or more fixed blades on each side, that are sharp and elongate with age.

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