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 Yellow Tang  
(Zebrasoma flavescens)

The Little Sun under the Ocean

Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) Photo by Tyler Tarman

                 Created by Tyler Tarman
                                 April 21, 2007
                  University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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   The Yellow Tang is a disc shaped fish that can reach a size of 6-8 inches (15-20cm). It is a fish that many aquarist keep because of its vibrant yellow color and its hardiness. Other names include: Yellow Sailfin Tang and Lau'i-pala (Hawaiian name).

   I chose this organism because it is an organism that I am familiar with, I have it in my aquarium at home. It is a very weird fish. It knows the people who feed it and will come to the front glass, but it will swim away and hide if someone unfamiliar comes to the tank.

Classification of Zebrasoma flavescens
Domain Eukarya


Cell has nucleus and membrane bound organelles
Kingdom Animalia


Multicellular, heterotrophic, No cell walls or Chloroplasts
Phylum Chordata


Contains Notochord, tubular nerve chord, Pharyngeal pouches, Endostyle, Post anal tail
Class Actinopterygii


Lobbed finned Fish
Order Perciformes


"Perch-like", Have dorsal and anal fins


Family Acanthuridae


Surgeon Fish, have thorn spine on either side of tail
Genus Zebrasoma Tang fish, large sail like fins and disc shaped bodies


Species Zebrasoma flavescens Bright yellow color


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