Blue Tang Surgeonfish
Scientific name: Paracanthurus hepatus
The Blue Tang is well known as Dory, the forgetful fish from the movie "Finding Nemo". The Blue Tang is a member of the surgeonfish family. It is easily recognised by its blue body with black markings and yellow triangle marking on the tail. It has a blade on both sides of the tail stem (caudal peduncle), and also has venomous fin spines.
The Blue Tang is quite common at South Solitary Island, this fish was almost taken off the face of the Solitary Islands before they declared sanctuary zones around parts of the islands in the 90's.
The Blue Tang was sought after extensively by the aquarium trade, and in 1996 when I personally started diving there, you were jumping for joy if you saw one.
Now the Blue Tang is thriving with hundreds of large adults with their kids!
The Blue Tang's classic place to hide is in branch type coral heads, they think you can't see them when they duck down between the branches.
The Blue Tang is also called the Palette Surgeonfish, Blue Surgeonfish, Flagtail or Wedge-tail Blue Tang. Adults can be up to 300mm in length!
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