Identify this Tang please!

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  1. Helga

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    Hi,
    A friend of mine has this "brown" Tang of some sorts in his tank. Can you identify for me please?? Obviously not the Regal ;)

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  3. NJH

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    Pencil tang I think. Acanthurus dussumieri
     
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    I'm not a fish ID expert
    but I'm going with Acanthurus dussumieri
     
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    i would have said Acanthurus Fowleri ( for more info on acanthurus sps....Acanthurus)

    but a pebcil eyed surgeon is a possibility too.
     
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    We call them pencil surgeons. Can't remember the latin name off hand but they are beautiful fish and grow to a rather large size, our aquarium had one that obtained an age of 17 years and it was probably in the region of 4kg's
    , It was one of the fish that died due to a fire raging through parts of the aquarium a while ago.

    They can be a little agressive. Many see it as a poor mans powder brown!
     
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    the reason i dont think its a pencil eyed (Acanthurus dussmieri) is that it (the one photographed here) has dark blades and not white.
     
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    Methinks the Crisp one is correct in sticking to his guns.

    I have the same guy in my tank, just a little larger. It's Fowlerii, they get very beautiful as they get larger.
     
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    But as far as I know (I'm no fish expert) the Fowleri do not have that yellow vertical bar behind the gills.
    But yeah, doing a Goole image search on both Fowleri and Dussumieri is not very clear. The colouration does change a bit from juvenile to adult.
     
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    Then again Might be a Bariene
     
  14. Helga

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    ACANTHURUS = BARIENE



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    DUSSUMIERI


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    FOWLERI

    This is a difficult one!
     
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    Maybe @DeanT is right: Could it be Blackspot Tang (Acanthurus Bariene)

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    Whatever it is, it one beautiful tang
    Would love it in my tank

    Sponsors we are calling
     
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    Thats a beautiful Acanthurus Bariene. My Lfs had a huge one about 35cm and i do believe they grow very big
     
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    @DeanT if you looking for one pm me ill send you lfs details, they had some smaller ones in stock last week. Might be gone but you can try:blush:
     
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    A lot of extremely closely related surgeons in that group. Most get huge...50cm+. This one is A. bariene (black spot behind the eye).
     
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    Come to KZN in summer. Thousands of juvenile A. dussumieri and A. blochii around. They look extremely similar to bariene. They're all kinda ugly when small though...they only start getting brighter colours at about 10cm.
     
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