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Bursa Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus verrucosus).

Bursa Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus verrucosus)

The Bursa Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus verrucosus) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Black Patch Triggerfish or Blackbelly Triggerfish occurs on coral reefs throughout the Indo-West Pacific and in Hawaii. Its range extends from the Seychelles and Chagos Islands to south Japan, Vanuatu, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.   In Australia it is recognized […]

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Tanganyikan Spiny Eel (Mastacembelus ellipsifer)

Tanganyikan Spiny Eel (Mastacembelus ellipsifer)

The Tanganyikan Spiny Eel (Mastacembelus ellipsifer) is a nocturnal benthopelagic predator endemic to Lake Tanganyika in Africa.   Also collected in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia Mastacembelus ellipsifer are only one of the fifteen spiny eel species found in the Tanganyikan basin. Tanganyikan Spiny Eels are found in the intermediate zones around […]

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Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas)

Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas)

Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Brush Tail Tang, Two Tone Tang, or Brown Tang is found throughout the Indo Pacific and ranges from the coasts of East Africa to Japan, the Pitcairn Islands, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Lord Howe Island and Rapa Iti.   Although several Brown Tangs were […]

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Black Tang (Zebrasoma rostratum)

Black Tang (Zebrasoma rostratum)

The Black Tang (Zebrasoma rostratum) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Black Longnose Tang, Longnose Surgeonfish, Longnose Tang, and Longnose Sailfin Tang is an uncommon species found in the western central Pacific Ocean. In the Eastern Pacific, the Black Tang is found in the Line, Marquesas, Society, Tuamoto, and Pitcairn Island groups and […]

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Orangeshoulder Tang (Acanthurus olivaceus)

Orangeshoulder Tang (Acanthurus olivaceus)

The Orangeshoulder Tang (Acanthurus olivaceus) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Orange Epaulette Surgeonfish, Orangespot Surgeonfish, Orangeband Surgeonfish, Olive Tang, Yellow Orange Tang, and Orangeshoulder Surgeonfish is found throughout tropical Indo-West Pacific waters. The Orangeshoulder Tang ranges from Christmas Island and the Cocos Keeling Islands to southern Japan; Western, North, and Eastern Australia, Indonesia, […]

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Unicorn Tang (Naso unicornis)

Unicorn Tang (Naso unicornis)

The Unicorn Tang (Naso unicornis) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Bluespine Unicorn Tang, Bluespine Unicornfish, Bluespine Unicorn, Brown Unicornfish, Long Snouted Unicornfish, Longnose Unicornfish, and plain old Unicornfish is widespread throughout the Indo Pacific from the Red Sea to Japan, the Rapa Islands, Hawaii, Tuamotu, and the Marquesas. The Unicorn Tang (Naso […]

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Two Spot Bristletooth Tang (Ctenochaetu binotatus)

Two Spot Bristletooth Tang (Ctenochaetu binotatus)

The Two Spot Bristletooth Tang (Ctenochaetu binotatus) is widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific from the eastern African coast in the Indian Ocean between Kenya and Spdwama Bay in South Africa, all the way to the Andaman Sea.  In the Pacific it has been seen as far east as the Tuamotu Islands and Mangareva, and between southern […]

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Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

The Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Lemon Sailfin, Yellow Sailfin Tang, Citrus Tang, or Somber Surgeonfish, is found in the Pacific Ocean and the Western Central Atlantic off the coast of Florida.  Its range extends east of Japan to the Ryukyu, Mariana, Marshall, Marcus, Wake, and Hawaiian islands […]

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Doctorfish Tang (Acanthurus chirurgus)

Doctorfish Tang (Acanthurus chirurgus)

The Doctorfish Tang (Acanthurus chirurgus) more commonly known as Doctorfish Surgeonfish, or Doctorfish to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts, is found in the Western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil, including Bermuda and the northern Gulf of Mexico. In the Eastern Atlantic, it ranges to the tropical west coast of Africa (Senegal), and has been more […]

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Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegus)

Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegus)

Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegus) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Convict Surgeonfish or Manini is widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific (except fror areas around the Arabian Peninsula), the Eastern Pacific in the lower Gulf of California down to Panama, (including the Revillagigedo Islands, Clipperton Island, Cocos Island, and the Galápagos Islands), Hawaii, the Mediterranean […]

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Blonde Naso Tang (Naso elegans)

Blonde Naso Tang (Naso elegans)

Blonde Naso Tang (Naso elegans) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Orange Spine Unicornfish, Elegant Tang, or Blonde Lipstick Tang is found in the Indian Ocean and ranges from Red Sea south to Durban, South Africa; and east through the islands of the western Indian Ocean to southwestern Indonesia; including Bali. The Blonde […]

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Californian Sea Hare (Aplysia californica)

California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica)

The California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica) as the name implies, is found along the coast of California, USA and northwestern Mexico (including the Gulf of California). The California Sea Hare can usually be found in the intertidal photic zone, at depths of less than a foot, to around 65 feet where they graze on red […]

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Pen And Ink Nudibranch (Polycera atra)

Pen And Ink Nudibranch (Polycera atra)

The Pen And Ink Nudibranch (Polycera atra) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Orange Spike Polycera or Sorcerer’s Nudibranch has been encountered from Cape Arago, Oregon, USA, to Bahía Estero de Coyote (on the Punta Eugenia peninsula, just south of Bahía Tortugas), Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Pen And Ink Nudibranch is usually […]

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California Aglaja (Navanax inermis)

California Aglaja (Navanax inermis)

The California Aglaja (Navanax inermis) is a large predatory sea slug known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts in Mexico as Navanax, is found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from from Tomales Bay, California, in the north; to Laguna Manuela and to Jalisco in Mexico, in the south; including the Gulf of California. The California Aglaja […]

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Clown Tang (Acanthurus lineatus)

Clown Tang (Acanthurus lineatus)

The Clown Tang (Acanthurus lineatus) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Clown Surgeonfish, Lined Surgeonfish, Striped Tang, Pyjama Tang, Striped Surgeonfish, Zebra Surgeonfish or Blue Banded Surgeonfish is native to the Indo-Pacific and ranges from East Africa (including the Mascarene Islands) to the Hawaiian, Marquesas and Tuamoto islands, north to Japan, and south […]

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Spider Conch (Lambis lambis)

Spider Conch (Lambis lambis)

The Spider Conch (Lambis lambis) is a large species of sea snail that is widespread in Indo-West Pacific Oceans. The Spider Conch is a true conch in the Strombidae family that is found in the shallow waters of reef flats, mangrove flats, and among coral rubble bottoms of their range.  Spider Conchs are commonly found […]

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Keyhole Angelfish (Centropyge tibicen)

Keyhole Angelfish (Centropyge tibicen)

Keyhole Angelfish (Centropyge tibicen) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Black Angelfish, Whitespot Angelfish, Tibicen Angelfish, Melas Angelfish, or Puller Angelfish are found throughout Indo-Pacific waters from the coast of Australia and Christmas Island in the east Indian Ocean to Fiji, east through the Indo-Australian Archipelago to Vanuatu and Tonga, as far north as […]

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Flagfin Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus)

Flagfin Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus)

The Flagfin Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Threespot Angelfish is widely distributed throughout Indo-West Pacific waters and ranges from East Africa south to the 28° parallel, east to Samoa, north to southern Japan, and south to the northern coasts and islands of Australia. Juvenile Flagfin Angelfish are very secretive […]

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Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

The Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Achilles Surgeonfish, Red Spot Surgeonfish, and Red Tail Surgeonfish, is found in the Western Pacific around the islands of Oceania, the Pitcairn Islands, the Hawaiian Islands, the reefs surrounding the Islands of Marcus, Mariana, and Wake; and in the Eastern Central Pacific, around […]

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Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Regal Tang, Palette Surgeonfish, Pacific Blue Tang, Royal Blue Tang, Hippo Tang, Blue Hippo Tang, Flagtail Surgeonfish, Pacific Regal Blue Tang, Hepatus Tang, and Blue Surgeonsfish is native to tropical reefs across the Indo Pacific and is the only member of the genus […]

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