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Mimic Tang - Red Stripe


Mimic Tang - Red Stripe
Acanthurus tristis
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean from Maldives and India to Bali. In Bali it co-occurs with Acanthurus pyroferus. The Pacific mimic surgeonfish. Coastal reef slopes and crests to about 20m depth. Juveniles mimic Centropyge eibli and no other models are known for A.tristis, but may exist. Adults identified by white margin on caudal fin and black eye, usually surrounded by a lighter colour. Length to 20cm.
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 spineĀ  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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