Fish Species

Purple Tang

Purple Tang - Description

The Purple Tang is also commonly known as the Purple Sailfin Tang, Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Blue Surgeonfish and Yellowtail Surgeonfish. They are a rare and expensive fish but make a beautiful addition to any marine aquarium.

Easily identified by their blue to purple colored body and striking yellow tail. They are fast swimmers and require a tank with lots of space to swim as well as plenty of hiding places.

Popular Name: Purple Tang
Species: Zebrasoma xanthurus

Profile of the Purple Tang

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

  • Size: Up to 22cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.0 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen and Dried Food

  • Temperament: Can be aggressive towards other Tangs

  • Habitat: Up to 20m in coral rich areas

  • Behaviour: Peaceful community fish

  • Range: Red Sea and Persian Gulf

Scientific Classification of the Purple 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 xanthurus

  • Popular Name: Purple Tang -  Purple Sailfin Tang - Yellowtail Sailfin Tang - Blue Surgeonfish - Yellowtail Surgeonfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Acanthuridae

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Purple 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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