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The Moorish Idol, Zanclus cornutus, Family Zanclidae

Bob Fenner  
Zanclus cornutus (Linnaeus 1758), the Moorish Idol.  Indo-Pacific. Can be kept in captivity, though rarely lives due to trauma in capture, holding, shipping, starvation during this time, damage to their mouths... Omnivores that mainly feed on benthic invertebrates. Principally sponges... and algae. Adults have a prominent spine in front of their eyes that is larger in males. One off of Queensland, Australia, another off the Galapagos.

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