Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma Scopas)

Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma Scopas)

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Care: 
Intermediate
Diet: 
Algivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Indian Ocean
AKA: 
Zebrasoma cf. scopas

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 spine  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.
Care: Intermediate
Diet: Algivorous
Light: Medium
Place of origin: Indian Ocean

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.

 Current size is approx 2.5 - 3 INCHES inches

Care: 
Intermediate
Diet: 
Algivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Indian Ocean
AKA: 
Zebrasoma cf. scopas

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 spine  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.

Care: 
Intermediate
Diet: 
Algivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Indian Ocean
AKA: 
Zebrasoma cf. scopas

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 spine  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.