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Zebrasoma rostratum (Gunther 1875), the Black Longnose Sailfin Tang. Restricted to a few French Polynesian Island groups (Tuamotus, Society's). In many ways, just a darker, longer-snouted version of Zebrasoma scopas or flavescens (rostrum up to 30% of body length). Likewise a hardy, undemanding aquarium specimen. To eight inches in length. Interzoo 08.
Zebrasoma veliferum (Bloch 1795), the Pacific Sailfin Tang. Collected out of the Philippines and Indonesia, though better out of Hawaii, Ceylon and other places in the eastern Pacific. Some call this THE Sailfin tang for it's gorgeous flowing dorsal and anal finnage; these especially over-sized in appearance when young. Sipadan 08.

Plesiastrea versipora (Lamarck 1816). /COTW: 

Characters: Colonies are flat and are frequently lobed, up to 3 m across in high latitude localities, usually smaller in the tropics. Corallites are 2-4 mm diameter. Paliform lobes form a neat circle around small columellae. Tentacles are sometimes extended during the day; they are short and are of two alternating sizes.

Colour: Yellow, cream, green or brown, usually pale colours in the tropics and bright colours (green or brown) in high latitude areas.

Similar Species: Astrea rotulosa. Sometimes confused with other 'faviids' with corallites of similar size notably Favia stelligera and Cyphastrea species.

Habitat: Occurs in most reef environments but especially in shaded places such as under overhangs. Also occurs on rocky foreshores of temperate locations protected from strong wave action.

Abundance: Seldom common.

 Red Sea 08.  
Sphenopids of a nice tan hue. Red Sea 08.   
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