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Hybrid Achilles x White Cheek Tang Spotted in Our Facility


While being one of the more commonly seen Acanthurus hybrids, this specimen still deserves some serious recognition for its unique color patterns. This fish is a hybrid of the Achilles tang and the White Cheek (a.k.a. Gold Rim) tangs. Both species inhabit the waters around Hawaii and such hybrids are known to be found in the area, albeit not that frequently.

What is especially unique about this fish is the flare of orange on its tail which is more characteristic of the Achilles. The gold rim around the bases of the dorsal and anal fins are very present and also a subtle but rich color blue that lines the mouth and the outer pelvic fins.