Special tang - help ID please

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  1. Moolis Moolman

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    Hi guys

    I received this tang as a special tang a few weeks ago and when I asked what it is they just replied "......it is an unknown type to us and decided to send it to a preferred customer that are always on the lookout for special specimens........" Typically they have an idea what species it is but this time I got this cryptic answer :(

    Does any one know what species or cross breed this specimen is?

    [​IMG] :eek::eek:

    Inicialy I was disapointed when it landed due to the price BUT NOW I AM IN LOVE with it now that is getting its adult colouration :p
     
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  3. Henkie

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    I am going to take a wild stab here.

    Maybe it is a hybrid of a Lieutenant Tang (Acanthurus tennenti) and Orangeshoulder Tang (Acanthurus olivaceous)

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    p-89670-tang.jpg Tenniti.jpg
     
  4. Moolis Moolman

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    That is my guess as well - but it is always better to confirm than talk bulllllllll :p

    I have not seen this cross before so all input will be appreciated!!!!!
     
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    Agreed, tennenti/olivaceus hybrid. They're extremely closely related so they hybridise regularly.
     
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    Thanks for confirming it! I am sure @Moolis will be happy to finally know what he has!
     
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    Thanks - I thought I did not know my tangs ;)

    This hybrid seem to have the best of both worlds :p
     
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    I had A fowleri in stock numerous times and they always showed the white band behind the caudal peduncle.
     
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    Must it be a hybrid? Could it just be an off coloured example of its species? it happens in other animals where a pair of normal looking parents produce some weird mixed colour offspring.
     
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    It's definitely a hybrid in this case. There are obvious characteristics of both species, and they're species that are well known to hybridise.
     
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    Adult Acanthurus tennenti - but you do get color variations! Saw 3 slight var. when over in indo. But that is the normal one!
     
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    Way too small to be an adult
     
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    Sean you do get small adults! Same as angels, Ive had some awesome adult emperors that are a bit bigger?
    When i dive i often see "small" aduld fish!
     
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    Understood. See many smaller fish too. Just saying, this specific Surgeonfish grows much bigger. :)
     
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    That orange line is not damage and my supplier stated that the orange line is never in Acanthurus tennenti.
    He is happy with the call made regarding the hybrid mix - But they are not that common in his area.
     
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