Acanthuridae

Acanthuridae

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Acanthuridae ("thorn tail") is the family of surgeonfishes, tangs, and unicornfishes. The family includes about 80 species in six genera, all of which are marine fish living in tropical seas, usually around coral reefs. Many of the species are brightly colored and popular for aquaria. The distinctive characteristic of the family is the spines, one or more on either side of the tail, which are dangerously sharp. Both the dorsal and anal fins are large, extending for most of the length of the body. The small mouths have a single row of teeth used for grazing on algae. Surgeonfishes sometimes feed as solitary individuals, but they also often travel and feed in schools. It has been suggested that feeding in schools is a mechanism for overwhelming the highly aggressive defense responses of small territorial damselfishes that vigorously guard small patches of algae on coral reefs.show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 113g
  • Duc
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6133995793
  • 9786133995796