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Yellow Eye Tang


Yellow Eye Tang
Ctenochaetus strigosus
Place of origin: 
Central Pacific
Appears to be endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Various shallow reef habitats, often in small aggregations. The name has been broadly used throughout the Indo-Pacific for several other species. This species in distinctive in colouration as juvenile and the bright yellow eyes show particularly in the darker adults. A common species in the Hawaiian Islands, reaching a length of 18cm.
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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