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Acanthurus sohal


Acanthurus sohal
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6448 W: 89 N: 15591] (65228)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-17
Categories: Fish
Camera: Pentax Optio WG2
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-19 14:24
Viewed: 3980
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pic taken at sea and not in the aquarium.

Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Subfamily: Acanthurinae
Genus: Acanthurus
Species: A. sohal

The sohal surgeonfish or sohal tang, Acanthurus sohal, is a Red Sea endemic which grows to 16 inches in the wild. Its striking blue and white horizontal stripes has made it what many consider the 'poster fish' for the Red Sea reef environment. It is a valued aquarium fish.
Like other tangs, the sohal tang is compressed laterally, making it extremely maneuverable and fast along the reef. It has a horizontal, blade-like spine along the base of the tail on both sides, which folds into the fish, pointing anteriorly towards the head. During defense and aggression, tangs flick the spine at other fish or intruders, causing physical harm. The surgeonfish are named for this scalpel-like spine.
Its primary diet consists mostly of vegetable matter but occasionally includes the flesh of other animals. Sohal tangs have been known to nip at clam mantles and soft large-polyp and small-polyp stony corals.
Its range includes all reef environments in the Red Sea, up to at least 90 feet in depth. It is one of the most aggressive tangs, and combined with its large size for a tang, is a dominant fish along the Red Sea reef.

PESCE CHIRURGO SOHAL

Acanthurus sohal, conosciuto comunemente come Pesce chirurgo sohal, pesce chirurgo zebrato o pesce chirurgo arabo, è un pesce d'acqua salata appartenente alla famiglia Acanthuridae.
È una specie endemica del Mar Rosso, dove popola la barriera corallina prediligendo le zone poco profonde e anche le pozze di marea, spingendosi fino a 10 metri di profondità. È comune anche nel Mar Arabico e nel Golfo di Aden, la sua presenza è segnalata lungo il litorale orientale africano fino alle Seychelles. Vive in acque con temperatura tra i 24 e i 27 °C.
Il pesce chirurgo presenta un corpo marcatamente ovale e la coda a forma di mezzaluna. La pinna dorsale è unica, nera bordata di azzurro, alla stessa stregua della pinna anale.
Si distingue facilmente per la tipica colorazione aposematica, con strisce orizzontali blu e grigie (da cui deriva il nome chirurgo zebrato) e per la presenza di due macchie gialle in corrispondenza della pinna pettorale e delle lame, ubicate ai lati del peduncolo caudale.
Gli esemplari adulti arrivano a misurare fino a 40 cm,
Acanthurus sohal è un pesce territoriale, spesso aggressivo contro gli intrusi, a difesa del territorio.
Come gli altri acanturidi, anche il pesce chirurgo sohal è erbivoro e si nutre principalmente di alghe.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-19 14:29]

Hello Luciano,
Wow, what a beauty! Fantastic under water photo in splendid colours and great sharpness. Very curious for the next fish.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Luciano

Excellent photo of this fish under the sea,
with great clarity, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS

Asbed

Boa noite Luciano
Are You in Egipt?Great!
Excellent capture of this wonderful Acanthurus sohal.Very difficult kind of photo and You really achiev to a great result.Wonderful natural colours and excellent sharpness.Congrats!
Thank You
Enjoy!!!
Um abraço
J.Diogo

ciao Luciano
what a nice capture under sea and what a beautiful model from marvellous nature of Red Sea. Brain corals also look very beautiful. Nicely composed and presented. grazie amigo
have a good night
Ahmet

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-11-19 17:11]

Congratulations Luciano, on a super underwater shot!!
A crystal clear image taken in the open Ocean of a beautiful fish. I have often dreamed about taking photos like this underwater, but I rarely get a chance to go to the sea.
I went snorkeling once while in Hawaii and loved it, as I saw many gorgeous and unique fish. I'm sure you had a blast taking shots like this on your own. Can't wait to see more!!
Ron

Hi Luciano,
really unusual photo. There are not many fish presented in TN, and of course even less taken in the sea, not in aquarium.
Very interesting and colourful fish. So, amazing colours. Beautiful composition. Excellent water environment.
Congratulations!
Have a nice day,
Maciek

Hello Luciano,
Lovely capture with great colour and clarity,sharpness and details of the subject is remarkable.
TFS and my regards,_Joy

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-11-19 22:13]

Beautiful species of fish. good underwater lighting. beautiful features. tfs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-11-19 22:56]

Ciao Luciano,
Excellent photo presentation of this interesting and beautiful fish, endemic species from Red See, TFS!

Ciao Luciano, vedo che ti sei dedicato con profitto alla pesca, e con ottimi risultatai, favolosi colori e ottima nitidezza, non ti conoscevo come fotografo sub, sei bravissimo anche qui, ciao Silvio

Ahh! Intendevi questo di..pesce....nella critica alla mia Lycaena... Le parole si prestano a mille interepretazioni. Mica siamo su un sito hard! Ah ah! Fantastico "prodotto ittico" del Mar Rosso con dettagli e colori strepitosi.

ps Bentornato!

Roberto

con tutte le vincite ti sei fatto il viaggio e anche la custodia della tua sony per le foto subaqueareef.....
ma toglimi una curiosita'...hai immerso la fotocamera e poi hai scattato a raffica o l'hai prestata a qualcuno che ha scattato per te
sciao e sperem per stasera!
sERGIO

It's obvious you went snorkeling in Egypt to capture this prize shot of a beautiful fish under water, Luciano.
I guess this is your first, so congratulations for doing a great job and thanks for sharing it!
Ram

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)
  • [2012-11-20 6:03]

Bonjour Luciano,
Tu étais donc en Egypte et sous l'eau...te voilà photographe sous-marin :-) Une belle rencontre, le poisson ne semble pas s'intéresser au photographe... Bravo pour cette photo qu'il ne devait pas être facile à faire.
Amitiés
Anne

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-20 7:20]

Hello Luciano
Great closed up here.Nice composition and razor sharp image with great details.Colours are beautiful
TFS Michel

hello Luciano,
amazing fish, what a nice colour. God's own painting.
Fantastic under water photo in superb colours.
best wishes,
samiran

hallo Luciano
This is very nice to see
great sharpness good light and beautiful '
colours
nice to see this real
great shot
thanks greeting lou

WOW! An amazing fish from the Red Sea! Very impressive Luciano! Great photo with fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 0 N: 2406] (10606)
  • [2012-11-20 10:21]

Ciao Luciano,
Fantastic fish in the Red Sea ..
Superb quality, nice colours and very good composition.
Best wishes,
Seyfi

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-11-21 5:05]

Ciao Luciano,
beautiful photo, excellent sharpness for amazing details !
Well done my friend !

Hello Luciano,
What a beauty...A fascinating photo with razor sharp details and exceptional natural colors. Nice composition taken from a excellent POV with lovely light and best clarity.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Hello Luciano,
What a lovely coloor and detalis.
Very good picture.
Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2012-11-22 0:55]

Hello again Luciano,
A fine capture of this superb species of surgeon fish. Excellent lateral POV taken in fine lighting with great sharpness and colours.
Great to view!
Thanks and best wishes,
Ivan

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-11-23 13:22]

Hola Luciano, una hemosa foto del sohal, me gusta mucho el color, la luz y el entorno de la toma...saludos.

penso che la tentazione di scattare vedendo bellezze come questa, e' troppo grande per no farla. molto belli i dettagli e i colori sul soggetto, complimenti Luciano per la foto,

ciao, tino

Luciano, this is a fantastic underwater shot. Beautiful colors and detail.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-03 2:33]

Hello Luciano,
exciting fish in superb details.
Excellent clarity and details.
The picture is gracefully presented and it attract the eyes so much.
Lovely view.

Regards
Foozi

..Mi ero perso le tue foto sub del Mar Rosso: bellissimi i colori di questo chirurgo endemico di quel mare stupendo..mi sembra che la Pentax si comporta bene sott'acqua..
ciao
Stefano

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