False Moorish Idols: Heniochus diphreutes
These are not Moorish Idols, but rather they are False Moorish Idols, Heniochus diphreutes. They have a slightly shorter dorsal fin and slightly different coloration. They are found in tropical waters all over, including Hawaii, Tahiti, South Africa, and the Red Sea.
The False Moorish Idol feeds mainly on plankton; with adults swimming in large schools, and younger fish congregating around outer slopes of coral reefs. Related Species: The Bannerfish is often mistaken for the Moorish Idol, hence the name False Moorish Idol. It is also known as the Pennantfish. It belongs to the family Chaetodontidae, or Butterflyfishes.
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False Moorish Idol Statistics:
Size: Body up to 7"
Diet: Zooplankton and Anemones
Habitat: Coral and Rocky Reefs
Distribution: Tropical waters worldwide, From the South Pacific to the Great Barrier Reef, including Fiji, Palau, Hawaii, and Tahiti. It originated however, in the Pacific and Indian Oceans