October 3, 2016

Blue Tang or Palette Surgeon Fish

Blue Tang / Palette Surgeon Fish
Blue Tang / Palette Surgeon Fish
© John Corney 2016
From my original photo of a Blue Tang / Palette Surgeonfish taken at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

Paracanthurus hepatus has a royal blue body, yellow tail, and black "palette" design. The lower body is yellow in the west-central Indian Ocean.It grows to 30 cm (12 in.). This fish is rather flat, like a pancake, with a circular body shape, a pointed snout-like nose, and small scales. The blue tang has nine dorsal spines, 26–28 dorsal soft rays, three anal spines, and 24–26 anal soft rays. 

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