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  • Acanthurus coeruleus - Blue tang surgeonfish

    Acanthurus coeruleus - Blue tang surgeonfish  Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

    Blue tangs have a deep blue body with a white or yellow spine at the base of their tail fin. They usually grow between 5-10 inches in length and live between 10-60 feet in depth. They often swim in large schools, but also can be found swimming alone. Blue tangs are capable of changing their body color from light blue to deep purple.


    Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
    Western Atlantic: New York, USA and Bermuda to the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Ascension Island.


    Habitat
    Inhabits coral reefs, inshore grassy or rocky areas.


    Diet
    Feeds entirely on algae.


    Quick Fact
    The spine on both sides of the caudal peduncle may inflict painful wounds.


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