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Starry Kole Tang


Starry Kole Tang
Ctenochaetus marginatus
Place of origin: 
Central Pacific
Known from scattered localities of the western and eastern Pacific. Occurs on shallow exposed coral and rocky reefs subject to wave action. A distinctive, large species. The adults with numerous small, pale bluish-green spots over the head, body and pectoral fin. The median fins have numerous pale yellow to green longitudinal lines. Length to 22cm.
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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