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Rock Beauty

Holacanthus tricolor

Description:

Body of the rock beauty is thin and discus-shaped. The mouth is small with comb-like teeth. The dorsal fins are scaled and not divided into two sections as in the closely related spadefish (Chaetodipterus). The lobes of the dorsal and anal fins become produced into long filaments as the fish ages. Identification of the rock beauty is based upon the distinctive coloration rather than body morphology.

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joanbstanley
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joanbstanley

Cayman Islands

Spotted on Oct 9, 2015
Submitted on Jan 12, 2016

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