Yellow Tang

The yellow tang is designed with sharp spines near its tail to help protect itself against predators and to anchor it to the rocks while sleeping. The mouth is perfectly designed to eat the algae on rocks. These designs were not the results of random, chance processes; they reflect the provision and creativity of its Creator.


  • This small, thin fish is bright yellow.
  • It has a long snout-like mouth.

Fun Facts

  • The yellow tang is also called the Pacific tang.
  • During the night, its color fades. Its bright yellow color returns rapidly when the fish wakes up.
  • The yellow tang is a popular aquarium fish and the top marine fish export from Hawaii.
  • Group-spawning as well as pair-spawning by territorial males has been observed with this species.

CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Perciformes (perch-like fishes)
FAMILY: Acanthuridae (surgeonfishes and tangs)
GENUS/SPECIES: Zebrasoma flavescens

Size: 3–5 in (7.6–13 cm)
Depth: 7–150 ft (2.1–45 m)
Diet: Browses on filamentous algae
Habitat: In the reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, west of Hawaii to East Africa