Achilles Tang


Common name : Red-spotted surgeonfish,

Redtail surgeonfish, Redspot surgeonfish

Scientific name : Acanthurus achilles

Family : Acanthuridae

Native to : Pacific coral reefs of Hawaii and Pitcairn

Interesting fact : The scaly spikes on its back resemble a surgeon’s scalpel, and so it’s called a surgeonfish!

Conservation status : Least Concern

This beautiful tropical fish is black with striking orange and white lining along the fins and tail and a prominent teardrop shape on the caudal area. They sell like hotcakes in the aquarium trade. These open water, egg scatterers are difficult to breed in captivity. They have a life span of 7 years and feed on mostly benthic algae.

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