Fish Species

Blue Tang

Blue Tang - Description

The Blue Tang is also known by the names Palette surgeonfish, Blue Tang, Flagtail Surgeonfish, Blue Surgeonfish, Wedgetail Blue Tang and Palette Surgeon. Is is a Surgeonfish and makes a beautiful addition to any saltwater aquarium.

The Blue tang can be identified by its vibrant yellow tail, blue body and black 'palette' design'. Beware of its razor sharp spines!

Popular Name: Blue Tang
Species: Paracanthurus hepatus

Profile of the Blue Tang

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

  • Size: Up to 30cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.0 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Krill, Mysis Shrimp, Algae

  • Temperament: Good Community Fish

  • Habitat: Reef dwellers

  • Behaviour: Best to place in pairs or small groups of up to 10 depending on the size of tank

  • Range: Indo-Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Blue 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: Paracanthurus hepatus

  • Popular Name: Palette Surgeonfish - Blue Tang - Flagtail Surgeonfish - Blue Surgeonfish - Wedgetail Blue Tang - Palett Surgeon

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Acanthuridae

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Facts about Fish Species - Blue 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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