Fish Species

Sailfin Tang

Sailfin Tang - Description

The Sailfin Tang also known as a Sailfin Surgeonfish is a marine reef dweller that is larger than other species of Tang (Zebrasoma).

It can be identified by the yellow bands across its body, extended snout and white head. The Sailfin tang is a beautiful fish and makes a good community fish provided no other Sailfin Tangs are added to the tank!

Popular Name: Sailfin Tang
Species: Zebrasoma veliferum

Profile of the Sailfin Tang

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

  • Size: Up to 40cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 23-28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Plant based foods (Herbivorous)

  • Temperament: Territorial, will fight if placed with other Tangs

  • Habitat: Reef dwellers at depths of up to 60m

  • Behaviour: Recommend only placing a single fish in the aquarium setup, multiple fish will fight and cause damage to each other

  • Range: Indian and Pacific Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Sailfin 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: Zebrasoma veliferum

  • Popular Name: Sailfin Tang - Sailfin Surgeonfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Acanthuridae

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Sailfin 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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