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Moorish Idol

Zanclus cornutus


Represented by a single widespread species, closely related to surgeonfishes but lacks spines on the tail and has an almost circular compressed body. The gratly elevated dorsal fin has a long banner like filament.


Occurs in most reef habitats from swallow flats to deep outer walls. Swim singly, in pairs and occasionally form schools to either feed or migrate to other areas. Common in the Maldives. Lenght to 22 cm.

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Male, Maldives

Spotted on Sep 9, 2009
Submitted on May 4, 2012

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