Zebrasoma xanthurum (Yellowtail tang)


Oval body with a deep blue (almost purple) color and black speckling on the face, fan-like fins, yellow tail and yellow margin of the pectoral fin.


Listed as Least Concern according to the IUCN Red list. The species commonly occurs in the Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula and is not a major part of the aquarium trade. There are no other threats to this species.


Red, Persian Gulf and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, as well as occasional spottings in the Maldives. They prefer coral-rich areas and rocky bottoms, reef plateaus and upper vertical walls with caves and passages, in a depth range of 0-20 meters.



Up to 22cm.

Prey / Predation

The feed on filamentous algae on (dead) corals.

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