A Lucky Tang

Ctenochaetus truncatus

A spotted bristletooth tang (Ctenochaetus truncatus) swims across the inside reef off the coast of Bongoyo Island in Dar es Salaam. These fish start out their lives as bright yellow, and as they age they darken and develop spots, retaining the yellow only around their eyes. Being vegetarians these tangs are sought after by aquarists, as they are ideal for keeping algae levels down in a reef tank. This fish has had a lucky escape at some stage of its life, look closely and you’ll see the rear section of its dorsal fin is missing.

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