Pacific sailfin tangfish

(Zebrasoma veliferum)


Facts

Pacific sailfin tangfish IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)

 

Facts about this animal

The Pacific sailfin tang reaches a length of up to 40 cm.

Factsheet
Class ACTINOPTERYGII
Order PERCIFORMES
Suborder ACANTHUROIDEI
Family ACANTHURIDAE
Name (Scientific) Zebrasoma veliferum
Name (English) Pacific sailfin tangfish
Name (French) Chirurgien voilier
Name (German) Segelflossen-Doktorfisch
Name (Spanish) Cirujano velo del PacĂ­fico
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed

 

 

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Distribution

 


Distribution
Range Pacific Ocean from Indonesia to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and Rapa Island. Replaced by the similar Zebrasoma desjardinii in the Indian Ocean.
Wild population Unknown
Zoo population Considering that most public aquaria are not part of the WAZA system and do not register their collections with ISIS, available ISIS data are not significant.

In the Zoo

Pacific sailfin tangfish

 

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 51 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

Fish must be unpacked carefully and under low illumination.

 

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Why do zoos keep this animal

Pacific sailfin tang are not an endangered species but their habitats, coral reefs, are threatened in many places. They are thus presented by zoos and aquariums as an ambassador species for reef protection.