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The blue tang surgeonfish occurs in the tropical western Atlantic from New York to the Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil. This species can be found swimming among coral reefs, grassy and rocky areas to depths of 131 feet.
It is a tall-bodied, laterally compressed fish with a pointed snout. It may grow to a length of about one foot. This tang swims alone, in pairs or in small aggregations. However, it will occasionally form large aggregations that forage in the shallow reefs, grazing on algae.
Look for the blue tang surgeonfish in the Ocean Voyager gallery.