Family Zanclidae - Moorish idol
No. in FishBase
Genera : 1 | Species : 1 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  First Fossil Record
lower   Tertiary   middle   Eocene
Ref..   Berg, L.S. 1958
Indo-pan-Pacific. Monotypic. Strongly compressed discoid body. Tubular snout with a small mouth containing numerous elongate bristle-like teeth. Dorsal spines elongated into a whip-like filament. Common inhabitant of coral reefs. It has a long larval stage and settles at a large size (> 6 cm SL), resulting in a widespread distribution. Included by some authors in Acanthuridae from which it differs mainly in lacking a peduncular spine. Pelagic spawner; larvae drift for a long time before settlement, resulting in a wide distribution. Feed on mainly on sponges, also benthic invertebrates. Difficult to maintain (feed) in the aquarium.
Zanclidae: Greek, zagkios, -os, -on = oblique
  Reproductive guild
  Typical activity level
  Main Ref.
  Deep Fin Classification
Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Osteoglossocephalai | Clupeocephala | Euteleosteomorpha | Neoteleostei | Eurypterygia | Ctenosquamata | Acanthomorphata | Acanthopterygii | Percomorphaceae | Eupercaria | | | Acanthuriformes | | | Zanclidae

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Zanclidae as currently in FishBase

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination
Zanclus cornutus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chaetodon cornutus Linnaeus, 1758
! Zanclus cornatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
! Zanclus cornotus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chaetodon canescens Linnaeus, 1758
Zanclus canescens (Linnaeus, 1758)
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