Big grazing fishes like parrotfish and surgeonfish
have different tastes in seaweed.
Special bones diagnostic to specific fishes such as the pharyngeal clusters (mills) of parrotfish and wrasse, bucklers on the caudal peduncle of surgeonfish
and unicornfish, and the first dorsal spines of leatherjackets were also used for identification (Kataoka 1995, 1996).
The study looked at fish traditionally hunted by the local people including snappers, triggerfish, parrotfish and surgeonfish
The pahu is accompanied by a small knee drum, called puniu or kilu, made of a coconut shell base and covered with the skin of the kala or surgeonfish
At our home in Chicago, Cindy and I have installed a ninety-gallon aquatic environment which, I am happy to say, is home to many varieties of anthia, butterflyfish, triggerfish, dragonets, surgeonfish
, lionfish, goby, and wrasse, in addition to many varieties of coral, starfish, and other invertebrates.
The most commonly implicated fish are barracuda, red snapper, grouper, amberjack, sea bass, surgeonfish
, and moray (eel) (2,3).
Analysis of the vertebrate faunal remains at the comparative ichthyological collection at the University of Georgia's Museum of Natural History indicates the presence of some 17 different taxa including sea turtle (Cheloniidae), three or four varieties of parrotfish (Sparisoma, Scarus), porgy (Calamus), triggerfish (Balistes), surgeonfish
(Acanthurus), various labrids (Labridae), possible hogfish (Lachnolaimus), possible puffer fish (Sphoeroides), jack (Caranx), grouper (Epinephelus, Myctoperca), snapper (Lutjanus), grunt (Haemulon) and needlefish (Tylosurus).
Species like surgeonfish
and rudderfish, both of which are good eating and fun to shoot, will come to chum in hordes.
Previous studies indicate that larger schools of surgeonfish
are more capable of overcoming the territorial defenses of several damselfish species rather than individuals, and so gain greater access to algal beds.
Everything here is exotic, from "lipstick palms" the color of a ripe papaya to evocatively named fish in the China Sea--bigeye soldierfish, striped sweetlips, and eyestripe surgeonfish
, among others.
The green sea turtle and the fish called goldring surgeonfish
swimming next to it are good buddies.
bannerfish, b atfish, boxfish, butterflyfish, clownfish, lionfish, Picassofish, pufferfish, surgeonfish
, triggerfish, trumpetfish, unicornfish.
All day we've been observing the surgeonfish
, which the Tahitians call maroa and the French call chirurgien zebre, streaming over the outer-reef slopes in tightly knit single files.
are one of the primary targets.
Increases in surgeonfish
populations after mass mortality of the sea urchin Diadema antillarum in Panama indicate food limitation.