* Threatened or Endangered

Blue Tang *

 : Paracanthurus hepatus

 : Fish

 : The regal Blue Tang is often found in coastal reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific extending into parts of the Indian Ocean.

 : A zoo plankton eater and also eats some algae.

 : 31cm; 12 inches

 : Peaceful, gets aggressive towards its own species.


• While mostly peaceful, it sometimes gets aggressive towards its own species.

• The blue tang is an egg scatterer, meaning the female releases the eggs into the ocean currents where they hopefully hatch and survive into adult blue tangs.

• It has many names, but one name known to most people is “Dory” from the Disney-Pixar movie Finding Nemo.

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