Sailfin Tang

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Description of the Sailfin Tang
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

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Sailfin Tang

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  • 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

 

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Sailfin 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 Sailfin Tang slimy?
Sailfin Tang secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Sailfin 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.

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Why do Sailfin Tang have gills?
Gills enable the Sailfin 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 Sailfin 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 Sailfin Tang has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Sailfin Tang

Sailfin Tang

  • Interesting Information about Sailfin Tang

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

  • Why do the Sailfin Tang have gills?

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

  • Species: Zebrasoma veliferum

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