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Species: Zebrasoma flavescens, Yellow Sailfin-tang

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snout v extended
yellow, white oval mid-flank
tail spine white
D&A sail-like

Zebrasoma flavescens (Bennett, 1828)

Yellow Sailfin-tang

Body a strongly compressed disc; body depth of adults 55% SL; head profile steep; eye high on side of head; snout strongly extended, 57-71% SL; top and bottom snout profiles concave; mouth small, protrusible; teeth are toothed spatulas; dorsal fin V (IV-V), 23-26; anal fin III, 19-22; dorsal and anal fins extremely elevated, longest D ray 26% SL; pectoral 14-16; pelvic fin I, 5; tail fin straight edge; an oval patch of brush-like setae on rear side of body; a single depressible spine fits into a groove on the side of the tail base; scales very small, rough; lateral line complete.

Bright yellow; a (usually indistinct) white stripe along front of mid-side; tail spine white.

Reaches 20 cm; 41 years

Coral reefs and rocky bottoms

Depth range 1-81 m

North Pacific; introduced to southeast Florida.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Herbivore
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Exotic (Introduced)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Exotic (Introduced)
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 81