Achilles tang

Achilles Tang

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

In other places around the world, coral has been decimated by bleaching and disease, but the southern Line Islands’ reefs retain their resilience. Scientists believe the key to coral health is intact ecosystems, where all the native species—including planktivores such as the vividly marked Achilles tang seen here—play their part.

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Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

Also known as the Achilles surgeonfish, the Achilles tang is a species of tang (Acanthuridae) that is native to the Western Pacific ranging from Oceania to the Hawaiian and Pitcairn Islands. Achilles tang typically inhabit reefs in groups and are herbivores, feeding mostly on benthic algae and small invertebrates.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Perciformes-Acanthuridae-Acanthurus-A. achilles

Images: Sylvain Burguad and Hectonichus

Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

Originating from Hawai, these aggressive tangs will harass fish that they dislike. Herbivorous, they are reef safe, and grow to a manageable 9"/23cm but are rare within the aquatic trade and usually command a high price. Interestingly they are also one of the few tangs that will breed with other species to produce hybrids - Achilles X Goldrim tangs command a very high price when they are available

Andreia revamp! I made this doodle a while ago. I wanted to put new vibes on him. I was thinking a lot in that shoulder plate to resemble a prehistoric animal shell. And have his general clothes a bit more resumed. Due his cultural influences Andreia is not very comfortable with too much clothing.

Andreia© me, These warrior Tangs are a closed species. Thanks for the respect.