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Freckle Face Tang


Freckle Face Tang
Acanthurus maculiceps
Place of origin: 
Indian Ocean
Widespread Indo-West Pacific. Shallow, often exposed coastal to outer reef flats. Usually in schools of mixed similar species when grazing algae. Adults easily identified by the numerous pale spots over the head and the yellow-tipped pectoral fin. Length to 40cm.
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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