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Moon Phases May Drive Mantas To Congregate And Feed
2014-02-19 06:24:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Julia Hartup is the Mariana Islands Program Leader for the Manta Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and conservation of mantas and their environment. When several of her paddler and free-diving friends reported seeing mantas congregating in a purposeful manner in an area where surgeonfish were spawning, Hartup was intrigued. Even more so when they were able to give her a specific date, which allowed her to calculate...

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Doctorfish, Acanthurus chirurgus
2013-10-15 11:44:59

The Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirurgus), known also as the Doctorfish Tang, is a tropical marine fish that is common in the Atlantic Ocean. Achieving a maximum length of 39 centimeters, this fish gets it common name for the structures called “scalpels”, which are found on either side of the caudal peduncle. The “scalpel” is utilized during fights with other doctorfish and as a defense mechanism against predators. Its coloration usually varies from blue-grey to dark brown. Ten to...

Ocean Surgeonfish, Acanthurus bahianus
2013-03-22 13:10:32

The ocean surgeonfish is found around coral reefs of the Western Atlantic -- off the coasts of Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda, Brazil, and as far north as Massachusetts. This species will swim in schools, often with other species of surgeonfish. The oval shaped body of this surgeonfish is bluish-gray to dark brown with yellow markings and a dark marking around the eyes. The fins usually have blue or white markings on them and a pale band around the...

Purple Tang, Zebrasoma xanthurum
2013-02-10 07:39:55

Image Caption: Purple Tangs at Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. Credit: Stan Shebs/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 and 2.5) The purple tang, also known as the yellowtail tang, is found to inhabit the Red Sea, the west coast of India, the east coast of Africa, and the Persian Gulf. It lives amongst reefs and coral rich areas at depths of 3 - 65 feet. This species normally swims in pairs, but will also form schools, and occasionally swim singularly. The body of the purple tang is disc-shaped...

Sailfin Tang, Zebrasoma veliferum
2013-02-09 09:19:46

Image Caption: Shizhao/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) The sailfin tang is found in lagoons and around reefs from depths of 3 - 200 feet. The range of this species is widespread throughout the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. It is a very popular aquarium fish, aggressive towards other sailfin, but peaceful to other fish. Best if kept in a large tank of 180 gallons or more. The largest sailfin tang on record is 15.7 inches in length. The body is shaped similar to a disc with a tall dorsal...

Whitespotted Surgeonfish, Acanthurus guttatus
2013-02-03 10:08:43

Image Credit: National Park Service/Wikipedia The whitespotted surgeonfish is found in shallow water around rocky shore lines and exposed reefs in the Indo-Pacific. It is native to Mauritius, southern Japan, Indonesia, and northern Australia, but in 2003 it was discovered off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida. The spots of the whitespotted surgeonfish could act as a camouflage while it swims in bubble filled water. It has a deep body that is laterally compressed, with a base color of...

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