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The adult fish's caudal spine is sharp, and is only out when the fish experiences excitement of some form.
Indo-Pacicfic, East Africa to Indonesia, Micronesia, Samoa, New Caledonia. Also southwest Japan to the Great Barrier Reef.
Just like all reef dwelling creatures, protection of coral reef ecosystems is essential to continued abundance.
- They can be solitary or form groups, with the young preferring to hide in branching corals. Typically found at a depth of 2-25 meters.
- “Dory” from the popular Disney movie “Finding Nemo” is a Blue Surgeonfish.
- This species is also known as a Blue Hippo Tang
Animalia, Chordata, Actinopterygii, Perciformes, Acanthuridae
Up to 31 cm
Brilliant blue head and body with dramatic black hook shaped markings, yellow tail with black borders.