Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
The brightly-coloured and seemingly always smiling Yellow Tang, also called Yellow Surgeonfish, is native to tropical reefs of the Pacific Ocean.
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Tangs are also known as Surgeonfish because of the sharp, scalpel-like spines at each side before the tail. These are used to defend against rivals and predators. Many tangs, confusingly, have a different common name as surgeonfish, but the Yellow has only the one.
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
A small Tang, they can grow to some 20 cm long. Unlike some Tang, the juveniles are a small version of the adult colourscheme. (Some other blue and lined tangs have yellow juveniles.)
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Some can be paler yellow and almost white.
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Adults spend much of the day grazing on marine turf algae, sometimes in shoals. Juveniles are more solitary, seeking shelter of the inner reefs.