Desjardin's sailfin tangfish

(Zebrasoma desjardinii)


Desjardin's sailfin tangfish IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

The Desjardin's sailfin tang reaches a length of up to 40 cm.

Desjardin's sailfin tang feed mainly on algae such as Valonia and Bryopsis, but they also like macrophytes like Caulerpa spp. Give your Desjardin's sailfin tang vegetables every day.

Name (Scientific) Zebrasoma desjardinii
Name (English) Desjardin's sailfin tangfish
Name (French) Chirurgien voilier
Name (German) Indischer Segelflossen-Doktorfisch
Name (Spanish) Zebrasoma de Desjardin
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Stan Shebs



Range Indian Ocean from the Red Sea south to Natal, and east to India, Cocos-Keeling Islands (but not Christmas Island.) and as far east as Java. Replace in the Pacific by the similar Zebrasoma veliferum.
Habitat Coral reefs from surface ro a depth of below 30 m.
Wild population Unkown
Zoo population Considering that most publc 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

Desjardin's 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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BS Thurner Hof

Why do zoos keep this animal

Dejardine's 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.