Black Tang ID Please

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  1. llewellyn

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    Hi guys. My friend and I were at the beach last weekend and caught 2 of these black tangs. They are quite common and have seen quite a few in the rock pools. I couldn't really get a good pic cos he darts away everytime I try to take a pic. It is full black with a neon blue stripe at the end of the dorsal and anal fins. I will post a pic when i manage to take one.;)
     
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  3. richardmatlock

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    Acanthurus nigrofuscus.
     
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    yup sounds like a lavender tang ...
     
  5. llewellyn

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    Thanks guys. I googled those names. The shape and fins of the fish in the image results are the same but the colours are not as dark as the one I have. This pic is terrible but you can see that the fish is completely black.
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    black could be stress related.
     
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    I doubt its stress. It has been in the tank for a week. A friend of mine also has one that we caught on the same day and it is the same colour.
     
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    take a bit pic so we can id it. its either the lavender tang or bristletooth tang (this one being very agro)
     
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    No prob. When I do manage to get a pic of it I'll post.;)
     
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    We get a few "black" tangs locally. Could be:

    nigrofuscus
    striatus (bristletooth)
    tennenti
    dussumeri

    need a proper pic to do an id
     
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    Cant see properly , but body shape in the pic seems more like a black bean
    ( pigmy angel ) ?
     
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    Do you have a pic of the local black tang. :biggrin:
     
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    Funny you say that, exactly what I thought when I saw the pic.
     
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    Well I'd say the juvenile tennenti is the "blackest" of our local tangs
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    Managed to get a pic. Not the best but you can see him:)
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    Thanks guys. It seems to be a Acanthurus nigrofuscus.
    Spot on Craig :thumbup:
     
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