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Yellow tang in a reef
Oceans

Surgeonfish and Tangs

About

Surgeonfish and tangs life in coral reefs and feed on plankton or algae. Some of these fish can change their color! Others such as the hepatus tang are venomous, which helps them avoid predators. Tangs are a popular aquarium fish. Known for their bright colors and patterns that disguise them among coral reefs, surgeons and tangs are related groups of species that typically live in warm oceans around the world. Some even have long snouts that give them the name of unicornfish! Whatever they’re called, they’re an important part of life on coral reefs.

Size
8–30 inches long
Live in
Tropical reefs
Food
Plankton, algae
IUCN Red List Status
All species at the Indianapolis Zoo are listed as Least Concern
Yellow tang

Conservation

There are many species of surgeons and tangs. Many are prized in the aquarium trade. When choosing fish for your home aquarium, research where your fish are coming from and only buy fish that have been raised by people, rather than fish from the wild. You also can help protect ocean wildlife by choosing sustainable seafood. The Seafood Watch program can teach you how!

WHERE ARE THEY AT THE ZOO?