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Fish operated on at ZSL London Zoo: Photo

A female prickly leatherjacket triggerfish Chaetodermis penicilligerus underwent an operation to remove a benign tumor from her tail at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Zoo.

Named Prudence, the fish was given a general anesthetic before the hour-long operation in which she was kept constantly wet.

Returned to the zoo’s Aquarium after the operation, Prudence can already be seen by visitors.

Sporting black stripes and a large jaw, prickly leatherjacket triggerfish are native to the Indo-West pacific.

The prickly leatherjacket triggerfish undergoes an operation on its tail. Photo by: Claire Silva of the Zoological Society of London.

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