Moorish Idol

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Moorish Idol

 

(Zanclus cornutus), a fish of the family Zanclidae of the order Perciformes. The deep, laterally com-pressed body measures up to 20 cm long and is yellow with three black vertical stripes. The dorsal fin is greatly extended in front and the snout is elongated. Moorish idols are pelagic, heat-loving marine fish and are found near islands and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

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Flitting among the ochre-colored florets of coral were more schools of yellow tang, as well as Moorish idols, a fish with bands of black, white and gold and a trailing dorsal streamer.
A group of Moorish idols -- the punk rockers of the fish world with their yellow-black mohicans - window-shop in pairs, gazing at the corals branching out like long fingers amid the sea ferns.