News / Species Spotlight / Black-Barred Zebra Tang (Acanthurus polyzona) (10/26/16)

Black-Barred Zebra Tang (Acanthurus polyzona)

Species Spotlight - Black-Barred Zebra Tang (Acanthurus polyzona)
Some fish are seen more than others, reasons could be actual rarity, depth, political turmoil or even pirates among others! When that rare fish shows up, especially at QM, there is always pure excitement and today's arrival, the rare and beautiful Black-Barred Zebra Tang (Acanthurus polyzona) is no exception. They are likely the rarest surgeonfish to grace a fish tank, certainly ranking in rarity with the famous Gemmatum Tang. This surgeon is native to the Western Indian Ocean near Madagascar, Comoro Islands, Mauritius and the Reunion Islands; a distribution nearly identical to the Gem Tang. There is very little known data on this beautiful tang, but it is believed that they are collected in rocky mangroves and near tidal pools. They occur on reef flats and coral reefs around 15 meters deep. While we do on occasion get the Z. gemmatums, this is Quality Marines first time receiving A. polyzona.

The Zebra Tang is a beautiful tang with thick black barring and tribal tattoos on its face. They stay smaller than many other tangs, even other Acanthurus tangs at a max observed size of 5 inches. This is definitely a grazing fish and will continue do well with regular algae in their diet. Be sure to include higher protein items like mysis in their diet as well. We aren't taking any chances mixing them with other fish, so we can't be sure about their social temperaments. Currently there are a limited number of these here and future availability is unknown at this point.