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What Type of Fish is This?

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Friend caught these off a party boat in Florida, near Tampa Bay. Anyone know what they are?

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dont know but that red one sure would look good in a aquarium

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dont know but that red one sure would look good in a aquarium

I did some further research, the red one is known as a Red Hind. The other one is some sort of Tang, anyone know?

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I did some further research, the red one is known as a Red Hind. The other one is some sort of Tang, anyone know?

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After about a day of scouting around, its a doctorfish tang.

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I believe you shall find the original name is Surgeon Fish. The little critters have scalpel sharp blades located just above the young man`s left index finger, between those blue lines is a cutting instrument capable of laying your finger(s) wide open. Funny thing about some fish; if ya don`t know what it is, handle it carefully.

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<TABLE class=speciesid><TBODY><TR class=odd><TH class="" css col="0" row="2">Family name</TH><TD class="" css col="1" row="2">Acanthuridae (surgeonfishes)

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  • this family includes surgeonfishes, unicornfishes and sawtails
  • they are unique in having spines on the base of their tails which are used for defence
  • a few are venomous and all can inflict painful wounds
  • fish in this family have compressed (flattened) bodies, small mouths and very small close-set scales
  • surgeonfishes include all species of the genera Acanthurus and Ctenochaetus
  • unicornfish are a subset of this family and include all species of the genera Naso and Prionurus
  • representative species of each genus have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you may catch. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits

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