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

When several of Julia Hartup's paddler and free-diving friends reported seeing mantas congregating in a purposeful manner in an area where surgeonfish were spawning, she was intrigued. Even more so when they were able to give her a specific date, which allowed her to calculate the moon phase.

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Tangs, Acanthuridae
2014-08-05 10:42:52

Acanthuridae is a family of unicornfish, surgeonfish, and tangs that reside primarily in tropical seas near coral reefs. This family holds species of marine fish including the yellowtail tang, the blue tang surgeonfish, and the regal tang, which was featured in the Disney movie Finding Nemo for the character of Dory. This family was named for the distinguishing scalpel that can be found on the caudal peduncle of each fish. Most species with the Acanthuridae family are small, reaching an...

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...

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...

Atlantic Blue Tang, Acanthurus coeruleus
2012-05-22 10:10:55

The Atlantic Blue Tang (Acanthurus coeruleus), also known as the Atlantic Blue Tang Surgeonfish, is a species of surgeonfish commonly found in the Atlantic Ocean. It is found off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas, and other places around the Caribbean Sea, including Bonaire. It is very common in Belize, and particularly around Ambergis Caye. It is also found in the Gulf of Mexico and south toward Brazil and north to New York. This reef fish can vary in color from light to dark blue,...

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