Moorish Idol

Zanclus cornutus
Idole Mauresque
Pahara tore (FP)

Interesting facts

This fish has a very compressed body, its body is white in the front and yellow in the back with two large black bands. Adults have a distinct bony growths around their eyes. The moorish idol is often confused with the threadfin butterflyfish. This fish can be found in passes, along the oceanic slope, and in the lagoon, often in couples and sometimes in small groups of up to ten. It is microphagous and eats small particles (algae and invertebrates) in large quantities. It lays its eggs in the open water that hatch into minuscule, transparent, larvae already in adult shape. These larvae will drift for a long time, which explains its large geographic dispersion.