Thursday, September 1, 2011

Moorish Idol

The Moorish idol got it's name the moors of Africa, who purposely believed the fish to be a bringer of happiness. even we call it crowned scythe. the scientific name is zanclus cornutus.  the fish may be found at depths of three to 180 meters. they are diurnal ,sticking to the bottom of the reef at night. adapting a drop coloration. they are small fish species reaching a maximum of 23 centimeters.With distinctively compressed and disk-like bodies, moorish idols stand out in contrasting bands of black, white and yellow which make them attractive to aquarium keepers. The fish have relatively small fins, except for the dorsal fin whose 6 or 7 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.
Moorish idols are notoriously difficult to maintain in captivity. They require large tanks, often exceeding 100 US gallons (380 l; 83 imp gal),are voracious eaters, and can become destructive.
Some aquarists prefer to keep substitute species that look very similar to the Moorish Idol. These substitutes are all butterflyfishes of the genus Heniochus, and include the , H. acuminatus; threeband pennantfish, H. chrysostomus; and the false Moorish idol, H. diphreutes


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