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Scopas Tang - Yellow


Scopas Tang - Yellow
Zebrasoma cf scopas
Place of origin: 
Central Pacific

Widespread Indo-Pacific, but several colour forms and relationship with Zebrasoma flavescens, the yellow tang, and Z.rostratum , the black tang, is unclear. They occur together in some areas and inter-breed. Various reef habitats, inshore to outer reefs. Adults may swim in pairs, groups, or form schools in certain localities. Juveniles solitary in amongst corals. Variable in colour from nearly black-looking underwater to brown or yellow. Small juveniles with thin vertical lines. Peduncular spine white at all stages. Length to 16cm.

The common name "surgeonfish" is derived from a characteristic that clearly distinguishes Acanthuridae from other fish families: the spines or "scalpels" on the caudal peduncle, one or more on each side. Based primarily on differences in this characteristic, the family can be divided into three subfamilies: The Acanthurinae, in which the peduncular spineĀ  rests in a groove and can be erected in defence during the fights, the Nasinae and Prionurinae in which the peduncular feature is arranged as one or more fixed blades on each side, that are sharp and elongate with age.

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