Sawtail Tang (Prionurus laticlavius)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Eastern Pacific Ocean
Depth: 10 to 98 ft. Size: 23 in. Jumps: No Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Possible Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Caution
Diet: Filamentous algae
Natural History: The Sawtail Tang is found in shallow water along coral reefs in rocky areas in large schools. It has an erect spine on the caudal peduncle that it can use in defense.
Husbandry: The Sawtail Tang will likely only be aggressive with other tang species. This species is herbivorous and likely needs a diet rich in algal material supplemented with high quality crustacean foods. It is also reported that a large aquarium, turbulent water flow, and water with high oxygen saturation are important to successfully keeping it in captivity.
AKA: Razor surgeonfish
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