Blue Tang

Blue Tang

Blue Tang
Paracanthurus hepatus


CLASS
Actinopterygii
ORDER
Osteichthyes
FAMILY
Acanthuridae

Range

Atlantic and Pacific Oceans


Habitat

Coral reefs


Diet

Marine algae, brine shrimp, seaweed and other small microorganisms

Size

8 - 12 in.

Maturity

9 - 12 months

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • When faced with danger or dark spaces, blue tangs can make themselves semi-transparent in order to hide from predators.
  • Its tail has sharp spines on each side. These spines can unfold from a groove and inflict serious wounds.
  • Typically found at a depth of 2 - 25 meters.

 

Conservation

Protection of coral reef ecosystems is essential to the blue tang's wild population.

Least Concern
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