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Palette Surgeonfish

  • SEA LIFE Berlin, Tropical coral reef
8736 Regal Tang Paracanthurus Hepatus

Another big star is the pallet doctor fish. It owes its name to its coloration or pattern, which makes it look like an artist's palette.
Doctorfish have a sharp yellow spike in front of their tail root, which they use for both attack and defense. This thorn is also called "scalpel". The so sweet animals are therefore also called surgeonfish.

Surgeonfish are jumpy, so they look for a safe place to sleep at night. This can be for example a nice little hole in the reef into which they squeeze themselves. 

Pallet doctorfish owe their name to their markings, which look like an artist's pallet.

10665 Regal Tang