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Yellow Tang

Zebrasoma flavescens

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Zebrasoma flavescens
Class: Fish
Length: 8 inches
Life span: 5 to 10 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 40,000 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN

The yellow tang is native to sub-tropical waters in the Pacific Ocean, most often found living in coral reefs west of Hawaii and east of Japan where the ocean current is not very strong.


I AM AN OMNIVORE

Although the yellow tang is primarily an herbivore and will eat different types of algae and seaweed, they are considered omnivores because they will sometimes eat various zooplankton, small aquatic organisms in the plankton family.


YELLOW TANGS ARE SOCIAL

The yellow tang is a somewhat social species of fish. Juveniles can be protective of their own space, however, adult yellow tangs are most often found in loose groups of their own kinds, as well as other species of fish.


AWESOME ADAPTATIONS

The yellow tang has a small, white spine on either side of its tail that can be used to defend themselves against predators.


HELPING THE YELLOW TANG IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Because of their plant-centric diet, the yellow tang plays an important role in keeping algae and seaweed from overgrowing and harming corals; they will even pick algae off of sea turtle shells. This little yellow fish is also a very important food source for larger predators in their ecosystem.


 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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