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Gold Rush Tang


Gold Rush Tang
Ctenochaetus tominiensis
Place of origin: 
Western Pacific
West Pacific, from Palau and Philippines to Indonesia, Solomon Islands and northern Great Barrier Reef. Occurs mainly in pristine outer reef habitats with rich coral growth. Easily identified by the orange-tipped dorsal and anal fins that look bright yellow in natural light. Length to 16cm.
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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