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Moorish Idol

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The Moorish Idol have distinctive yellow, black and white bands. They have very thin profiles and a long dorsal fin streamer trailing behind them.
  Moorish Idol in the wild


Latin Name: Zanclus canescens Lifespan: 2 to 4 years
Distribution: Indo-Pacific Estimated Size: 8 to 10 inches
As a Moorish Idol becomes older, the fin streamer of this fish becomes shorter. Although not always the case, adult male Moorish Idols tend to fight with one another. When they are younger they may travel in schools but as they become older they tend not to.
Moorish Idols are incredibly difficult to care for in captivity. While in captivity they almost never live out their full lifespan. One of the major reasons for this is their incredibly complex diet in the wild that is almost impossible to mimic in captivity. Basically, Moorish Idols are best left in their natural habitat despite the tempation to bring them into captivity.

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