Fish Species

Achilles Tang

Achilles Tang - Description

The Achilles Tang is also known as the Achilles Surgeonfish. They are black with beautiful orange and white lining to their fins and tail.

They are not recommended for the beginner as they are difficult to feed, need a large tank and are particularly sensitive to poor water quality.

Popular Name: Achilles Tang
Species: Acanthurus achilles

Profile of the Achilles Tang

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Achilles Tang species.

  • Size: Up to 25cm

  • Fish Tank conditions:

  • Diet / Feeding: Fresh and Frozen Food including Brine Shrimp and Mysis Shrimp

  • Temperament: Peaceful, good community fish

  • Habitat: Reef dwellers, like to hide in rock crevices

  • Behaviour: Don't keep with other Tangs or Surgeonfish or they will become aggressive

  • Range: Oceania Region of the Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Achilles Tang

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Acanthurus achilles

  • Popular Name: Achilles Tang - Achilles Surgeonfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Acanthuridae


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Facts about Fish Species - Achilles Tang

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

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