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White Tail Striped Tang

03714

Tangs
White Tail Striped Tang
Acanthurus nubilus
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Care: 
Intermediate
Diet: 
Algivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Western Pacific
Widespread Indo-West Pacific. Usually found along deep outer reef walls. Rarely noticed by divers because of the lack of distinctive features. Identified by the numerous thin lines along the body, dorsal and anal fins. Length to 25cm.
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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