Yellowtail tang

Zebrasoma xanthurum
  • Family:
    Ray-finned fishes (Lat. Actinopterygii)
  • Order:
    Perch-likes (Lat. Perciformes)
  • Family:
    Surgeonfish (Lat. Acanthuridae)
  • Maximum size:
    22 cm TL
  • Habitat:
    Reef-associated; marine; depth range 0–20 m.
  • Climate:
    Tropical; 24°N - 28°S.
  • Distribution:
    Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to the Persian Gulf.
  • Biology:
    Often found in groups in coral-rich areas or on rocky bottoms. Its small and numerous pharyngeal teeth suggest a diet that consists mainly of filamentous algae.