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Orange Face Tang

03776

Tangs
Orange Face Tang
Acanthurus bariene
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Care: 
Intermediate
Diet: 
Algivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Indian Ocean
Widespread Indo-Pacific. Adults mainly on deep coastal reef slopes and outer reef walls. A distinctly coloured species. Adults are identified by the yellow around the eyes and the eye-sized blue-black spot closely behind. Dorsal fin yellow with blue line along its base. Large adults have a strongly rounded snout profile. Length to 45cm.
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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