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Family: ZANCLIDAE, Moorish idol


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small horns over eyes
body round, v compressed
broad black & white bars
D: very long front filament
long slender snout

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FAMILY ZANCLIDAE

MOORISH IDOL

A moderately small fish (30 cm); body round, strongly compressed; snout long, slender, pointed; mouth small, the teeth slender and slightly incurved; a pair of bony horns before eyes; dorsal fin VII, 40-43, long filament from 3rd  spine; tail base without spines or keels; black and white bars.

An Indo-Pacific family with 1 species, which was introduced to the Greater Caribbean.

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER FAO