Monochrome Moorish Idol Forgot Its Yellow Vest!

The moorish idol is a fish so widespread, iconic and recognizable that its black, white, & yellow stripes have been an integral part of marine artwork for over a hundred years. It’s the conservative nature of how moorish idols look…

Rare Black & White Moorish Idol Is First Ever Found!

Moorish Idols are one of those quintessential iconic reef fish – they are so popular that the more common and easier to keep Heniochus are sometimes called the ‘Poor Man’s Moorish Idol. The reason for the illustrious prestige of Zanclus canescens…

Huge spawning fish swarms in Palau really are Unique Dive Expeditions

The internet is full of superlatives related to all kinds of topics but we’re planting a flag in this virtual ground, and stating outright that these videos of mass spawning aggregations from Unique Dive Expeditions are some of the most…

Aberrant Moorish Idol absolutely defies belief

This aberrant moorish idol from Segrest Farms is a specimen the likes of which we never expected to see. There’s only one species of moorish idol, Zanclus canescens, and it is placed in its own family Zanclidae, which split off from the…

Sustainable Aquatics offers tank-conditioned Moorish Idols

Thanks to the anonymous tipster who texted me and said “SA Moorish Idol” the other day – wow.  Here’s another of our “doomed fish”, the “expert-only, only if you’re a glutton for punishment”, being marketed as something somehow better than the…