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Genus: Zebrasoma, Sailfin Surgeonfsih, Sailfin Tangs

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v compressed disc
snout v extended
tail base: 1 depressible spine in groove
D&A sail-like



Body a strongly compressed disc; head profile steep; eye high on side of head; snout strongly extended; mouth small, protrusible; teeth are toothed spatulas; dorsal fin with IV-V spines, no notch after spines; dorsal and anal fins elevated, sail-like, longest dorsal ray 26-48% SL; pelvic fin I, 5; a single depressible spine fits into a groove on the side of the tail base; scales very small, rough; lateral line complete.

An Indo-Pacific genus with 7 species; 5 introduced to southeast Florida.