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Zanclus cornutus

Zanclus cornutus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-11-29
Categories: Fish
Camera: Pentax Optio WG2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-06 1:57
Viewed: 363
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my vacation in Madagascar, I reused the old Pentax underwater after 5 years, the photos are not the top also because of the murky water but some show it to you ...

Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Zanclidae
Genus: Zanclus
Species:Z. cornutus

The Moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus), is a marine fish species, the sole extant representative of the family Zanclidae in order Perciformes. A common inhabitant of tropical to subtropical reefs and lagoons, the Moorish idol is notable for its wide distribution throughout the Indo-Pacific.
With distinctively compressed and disk-like bodies, Moorish idols stand out in contrasting bands of black, white, and yellow, which makes them attractive to aquarium keepers. The fish have relatively small fins, except for the dorsal fin, whose six or seven spines are dramatically elongated to form a trailing, sickle-shaped crest called the philomantis extension. Moorish idols have small terminal mouths at the end of long, tubular snouts; many long bristle-like teeth line the mouth. The Moorish idol differs from butterflyfish in having a prominent black, triangular anal fin.
The eyes are set high on the fish's deeply keeled body; in adults, perceptible bumps are located above each. The anal fin may have two or three spines. Moorish idols reach a maximum length of 23 cm (9.1 in). The sickle-like dorsal spines shorten with age.Generally denizens of shallow waters, Moorish idols prefer flat reefs. This fish may be found at depths from 3 to 180 m (9.8 to 590.6 ft), in both murky and clear conditions.Their range includes East Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Ducie Islands; Hawaii, southern Japan, and all of Micronesia; they are also found from the southern Gulf of California south to Peru.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-03-06 2:09]

Hello Luciano,
Nice photo taken in natural circumstances.

Hello Luciano,
Nice fish, not the best quality under the murky water still interesting.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-03-06 7:22]

Sure the murky water did cause muddy look hence you have to show it, it is quite right.

Ciao Luciano, gran bello con fantastici colori, mica facile far foto sott'acqua, forse la qualità non sarà al top, ma a me piace moltissimo, bravo, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Luciano,

Le poisson est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du poisson Zancle cornu. Malgré le manque de luminosté, les couleurs ressortent bien. Bonne journée.


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-08 9:36]


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