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Achilles Tang
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Achilles Tang

Kingdom:

Animalia

Pylum:

Chordata

Class:

Actinopterygii

Order:

Perciformes

Family:

Acanthuridae

Genus:

Acanthurus

Species:

A. achilles

Binomial name:

Acanthurus achilles

Acanthurus achilles is a tropical fish with the common names Achilles Tang and Achilles surgeonfish.

AppearanceEdit

They are a medium surgeonfish reaching a maximum of 10in/25 cm at adulthood. Acanthurus achilles are black with striking orange and white lining along the fish's fins and tail. When the fish matures, a prominent orange drop shape develops on the caudal area terminating into a sharp spine.

DietEdit

The Achilles Tang is herbivorous, eating mostly benthic alae. They will also accept frozen and meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp in captivity. As with all Surgeonfish, algae or similar vegetable matter should be included in their dietary intake to moderate aggression and regulate metabolic functions.

RangeEdit

It is found in various reefs of Oceania, up to the islands of Hawaii and Pitcairn. The fish is also, although less commonly, found in the Mariana Islands and even some reefs in southern Mexico and Guatemala.



The above information was borrowed from Wikipedia. Click here to go to Wikipedia's Achilles Tang page.

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