Zebrasoma veliferum

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Common Name
Sailfin Tang
Binomial Name
Zebrasoma veliferum
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Genus: Zebrasoma
Species: veliferum

Common Names

  • Sailfin Tang
  • Pacific Sailfin



Very high dorsal and anal fins. Barred body with fine spots around the head and mouth.

Similar Species

Z. desjardinii

Maximum Size

A very large fish for aquaria the Sailfin tang can grow to 40cm in the wild although in aquariums the maximum size is closer to 25cm.

Associated Organisms

None known.


Peaceful fish with unrelated tank mates it should not be housed with it's own kind unless in an extremely large tank. The Sailfin tang is an ideal community fish and a good beginner fish. This tang will become very quiet and will learn to eat from your fingers and follow you around the tank.

Captive Care

Tank Size

Due to it's size this fish should now be housed in anything less than a 4 foot tank and preferably 5 or 6 feet or more.

Water Flow

Normal reef flow is good for this fish but not of extreme importance,


No special requirements although ideally should have "day" and "night".


Omnivore although a large part of the diet is green matter. The sailfin will eat most foods offered including dry flake and pellet food, prepackaged frozen food, DIY mixes and nori.

Growth Rate

Grows rapidly while young and growth rate slows with age.


Susceptible to the common fish diseases and health issues however hardier than some other tangs.


The sailfin tang can be easily frightened by the colour or design on clothing worn by those approaching the tank. If you should notice your fish leap to the opposite end of the tank and "cringe" pay attention to what you are wearing.




Does it have any fish that it should not be housed with?


Considered to be totally reef safe although will take food from the mouths of coral.


Safe with other inverts.


No known visual differences between males and females.

Local Ecology

Often found in lagoons, usually encountered singly or in pairs.


Which oceans and reefs it is found.


Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.

Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.