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Silver Spot Tang


Silver Spot Tang
Ctenochaetus truncatus
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean

Silver Spot Tang, Ctenochaetus truncatus, is a tropical fish found in the Indian Ocean. Resembles the Yellow-eyed or Kole Tang C. strigosus, being yellow-eyed but with spots instead of stripes. Like the others of its genus, the Silver Spot Tang is one of the more peaceful surgeonfish.

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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