Scopas Tang

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Description of the Scopas Tang

The Scopas Tang is known by a variety of other names including Scopas Tang, Two Tone Tang, Blue-lined Tang, Brown Tang, Brown Sailfin Surgeonfish, Bluelined Sailfin Tang, Brown Sailfin Tang and Brushtail Tang. It is a monogamous fish that is very popular in the marine aquarium, its peaceful nature makes it an ideal community fish.

Popular Name: Scopas Tang
Species: Zebrasoma scopas

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Scopas Tang

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Profile of the Scopas Tang
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  • Size: Up to 40cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 25 to 28 Degrees. PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae, Dried, Frozen or Pellet Marine Fish Food

  • Temperament: Juveniles are solitary but adults live small groups of up to 20

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

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Indo-Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Scopas 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 scopas

  • Popular Name: Scopas Tang - Two Tone Tang - Blue-lined Tang - Brown Tang - Brown Sailfin Surgeonfish - Bluelined Sailfin Tang - Brown Sailfin Tang - Brushtail Tang
    Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Acanthuridae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Scopas Tang?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Scopas Tang slimy?
Scopas Tang secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Scopas Tang to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Scopas Tang have gills?
Gills enable the Scopas Tang to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.


Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Scopas Tang have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Scopas Tang has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Scopas Tang has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Scopas Tang has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Scopas Tang has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Scopas Tang

Scopas Tang

  • Interesting Information about Scopas Tang

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Scopas Tang slimy?

  • Why do the Scopas Tang have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Scopas Tang have fins?

  • Species: Zebrasoma scopas

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