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Olive-brown seasnake

Olive-brown seasnake

Blotcheye soldierfish

Blotcheye soldierfish

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Emperor angelfish

Emperor angelfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Azure damselfish

Azure damselfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Clown coris

Clown coris

Moorish idol

Moorish idol

Spotted surgeonfish

Spotted surgeonfish

Clown coris

Clown coris

Blue-spotted stingray

Blue-spotted stingray

Moorish idol

Moorish idol

Facts

LatinZanclus cornutus
Size23 cm
FoodSponges and sessile algae
HabitatCoral reefs
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Indian Ocean and Western Pacific
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Tweezer-like mouth

The moorish idol eats tiny creatures embedded in the narrow crevices of the coral reef. The pointed mouth serves as a pair of tweezers that enables the moorish idol to nab food from these otherwise inaccessible places.

Pennants and horns

The moorish idol’s scientific name derives from its appearance. Zanclus means ‘pennant’ and cornutus means ‘horned’. The moorish idol has a pennant-shaped dorsal fin and two small horns in front of its eyes.


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