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KA MO‘OLELO MOANA: Moorish idol praised for beauty and grace

February 7, 2010
By PAM DAOUST

The beautiful Moorish idol is in a class by itself. Literally. This distinctively marked fish is the only species in its scientific classification, Zanclus cornutus. Since most fish families have multiple members, this is unusual. But what really sets this fish apart from others is that to many, the Moorish idol is the quintessential reef fish. It's the fish most folks readily recognize and hope to see when they go snorkeling or diving.

 
 

 

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