Size15 inches (38 cm)
DietLeafy macro algae
HabitatLagoon and seaward reefs
- Identified by its tall, enlarged dorsal and anal fins which are dark gray to brown with pale bands.
- Has white bars alternating with grey to brown bars with a white to yellowish and brown caudal fin that has no spots.
- Small juveniles have alternating yellow and black bars with translucent tails. The dorsal and anal fins are greatly enlarged.
- Adults can reach 15 inches (38 cm) in length.
The sailfin tang has fewer and larger pharyngeal teeth compared to other Zebrasoma species.
Diet / Feeding
- Diet consists of leafy macro algae.
Range / Habitat
- Occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific from Indonesia to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, southern Japan, the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and Rapa Island as well as throughout Micronesia.
- Found in lagoon and seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to a depth of about 100 feet (30.5 m).
- A solitary juvenile appears among rocks or coral in shallow protected, sometimes turbid, reefs.
Reproduction & Growth
- Oviparous- egg-laying species.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Has fewer and larger pharyngeal teeth compared to other Zebrasoma species.
- Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific. Allen, G.; Steene, R.; Humann, P. and Deloach, N., pg. 51