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Moorish Idol

BAD Fish

Scientific Name Zanclus cornutus

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Moorish Idol

BAD Fish
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White to mid-body, then yellow; 2 wide black bars extending to pelvic and anal fins; yellow saddle on elongated snout; long trailing filament dorsal fin. Per Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine, 73% of these fragile beauties survive less than a week in captivity. Attempts at captive breeding have been unsuccessful.