Moorish idol

It is said the moorish idol got its name from the Moors of Africa, who purportedly believe the fish to be a bringer of happiness.

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The Moorish idol lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 3 - 182 m , usually 5 - 182 m environment.

The Moorish Idol is a beautiful tropical species that has a has a very long, white dorsal fin. The species is commonly seen by divers in the tropics but also occasionally in temperate waters. More

The moorish idol, Zanclus cornutus ("Crowned Scythe"), is a small perciform marine fish, the sole representative of the family Zanclidae (from the Greek zagkios, "oblique"). More

The Moorish Idol Fish is from the fish family Zanclidae. They are popular with saltwater aquarium enthusiasts. More

The Moorish Idol is an omnivore. Its preferred food sources are sponge, small crustacean and invertebrate life, and some marine algae. The Moorish Idol is a grazer and spends its day cruising and picking. More

Identification: The Moorish Idol is not an Angelfish, nor a Butterflyfish, but rather a close relative of the Acanthruidae or Surgeonfish family. More

The moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) is one of the most strikingly beautiful fish to be found. In its natural habitat it is usually found in groups of 2-3 and so if you have one, it is probably best to get another. More

The moorish idol, Zanclus cornutus ("Crowned Scythe"), is a small perciform marine fishFish A fish is any marine biology vertebrate animal that is typically ectothermic , covered with scale , and equipped with two sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins.... More

What are the Moorish idols adaptations for survival? Do Moorish Idol lay eggs? Post a question - any question - to the WikiAnswers community: Copyrights: Animal Encyclopedia. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. More

The Moorish Idol is one of the most difficult, but also one of the most rewarding fish to acclimate. It has a slender body and is sometimes difficult to feed and might need coaxing. A word of warning though, it is selective with its food. More

Moorish Idols are shy fish needing a spacious aquarium to feel at home in. These fish are relatively peaceful but may be quarrelsome towards its own kind, even while schooling. In their natural habitat they live in turbid inner lagoons, reef flats and clear seaward reefs. More

Moorish Idol at Reef Address Labels $8. More

I have always wanted to keep the Moorish idol, though I was always scared that my lack of skill as an aquarist would spell doom for this beautiful fish. It seems that new methods and technology are making it possible to keep the Moorish idol. More

For most hobbyists, the Moorish Idol is one fish that is best left on the reef for now. More

The Moorish Idol is a very difficult fish to feed. Live rock with large amounts of algae and sponges on which it can feed will help it acclimate. More

Observe the behavior of Moorish Idols in The Living Edens: Palau program 2. Role play the behavior of Moorish Idols in a classroom game 3. More

The Moorish Idol is also commonly known in Hawaii as "Kihikihi" which means "curves," "corners," or "zigzags," and refers to its shape and color pattern. It is the only member of the family Zanclidae, and a very close relative of the Tangs or Surgeonfish. More

Moorish idols prefer temperatures of between 78 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit, a pH of between 8.2 to 8.6 and SG of about 1.020 to 1.023. They require plenty of light, being most happy in the lighting required for reefs, their natural habitat. More

Is Moorish idol a coral eater? I have Acropora, brain and bubble coral and gobies in my tank. will they pick on them? thanks. > Moorish Idols- Dominance Ignorance is probably bliss... More

Moorish Idol and Triggerfish (let's learn fish) at LFSAdded to Quicklist0:28Moorish Idol and Triggerfish (let's learn fish)... More

Common names

Ababang rayao' in Austronesian (Other)
Ababang rayao' in Carolinian
Chaluende in Swahili (Kiswahili)
Cocher blanc in French (français)
Combo in Konkani
Didanegi in Mahl
Fil-en-dos in Creole, French
Fil-en-dos in Creoles and Pidgins, French
Halfterfisch in German (Deutsch)
Hornfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
idol in English
Idolek in Polish (polski)
ídolo in sp
ídolo moro in Spanish (español)
Iga gautago in Gela
Kalay kalay in Tagbanwa Calamian
Kalibangbang in Bikol
Kalibangbang in Mapun
Kalmin-kalmin in Davawenyo
Kalmin-kalmin in Tagalog
Kalmin-kalmin in Visayan
Kihikihi in Hawaiian
Kodiyan in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
Labandera in Other
Laulaufau in Samoan (gagana fa'a Samoa)
Lighergher in Austronesian (Other)
Lighergher in Carolinian
Lipeibaar in Austronesian (Other)
Lipeibaar in Carolinian
Liwaseola in Austronesian (Other)
Liwaseola in Carolinian
Maskerwimpelvis in Dutch (Nederlands)
Misht al roos in Arabic (‫العربية)
Mokoraa in Rapa
Mokoraa in Rapanui
Moonish idol in English
Moorish idol in English
Moorish idol in Swedish (Svenska)
Moorishidol in English
Moorse afgod in Afrikaans
Morishidol in English
Nikásserák in Austronesian (Other)
Nikásserák in Carolinian
Pahara tore in Tahitian (Reo Mā`ohi)
Panapana in Tahitian (Reo Mā`ohi)
Panapana in Tuamotuan
Pe'ape'a in Samoan (gagana fa'a Samoa)
Porte-enseigne in French (français)
Sarvikala in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Tamarin in Creole, French
Tamarin in Creoles and Pidgins, French
Tamarin in French (français)
Te ieniwa in Gilbertese
Te ieniwa in Kiribati
Thun bibi in Maldivian
tivitivi in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
Toket in Marshall
Toket in Marshallese (Kajin M̧ajeļ)
Tranchoir in French (français)
Tsunodashi in Japanese (日本語)
Zanclidae in Italian (Italiano)
Zanclidae in Portuguese (Português)
Zanclide in Danish (dansk)
Zanclus cornutus in Spanish (español)
идол мавританский in Russian (русский язык)
കൊടിയന് in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
灰鐮魚 in Mandarin Chinese
灰镰鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
角蝶 in Mandarin Chinese
角鐮魚 in Mandarin Chinese
角镰鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
깃대돔 in Korean (한국어)

Order : Perciformes
Family : Zanclidae
Genus : Zanclus
Species : Zanclus cornutus
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758