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Mustard Tang - Melanesia

03590

Linguetta
Mustard Tang - Melanesia
Acanthurus pyroferus
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Care: 
Principiante
Diet: 
Alghivora
Light: 
medio
Place of origin: 
Melanesia
Widespread Indo-West Pacific. Coastal to outer reef crests. Juveniles usually mimic various sympatric pygmy angelfishes in colour and shape. The form appears to be a non-mimic that occurs in various part of the Pacific and eastern Australia. The tail changes from rounded to lunate when outgrowing the size of the model and changes colour to that of the adult. Length to 20cm.
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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