Size15.7 inches (40 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 juvenile has alternating yellow and black bars with a translucent tail. Its dorsal and anal fins are greatly enlarged.
- Adult can reach 15.7 inches (40 cm) in length.
The sailfin tang has fewer and larger pharyngeal teeth compared to other Zebrasoma species.
- Diet consists of leafy macro algae.
- Occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific from Indonesia to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to 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 m).
- A solitary juvenile appears among rocks or coral in shallow protected, sometimes turbid, reefs.
- “Not Evaluated” 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