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Updated 8/10/2013

Family Acanthuridae


Zebrasoma flavescens

Yellow Tang, Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet, 90mm

Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet

Kahe Point, Oahu, 35 feet


Yellow Tang school, Hanauma Bay, 30 feet, 24mm lens

Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 4 feet


Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 15 feet

Yellow Tang, juvenile, Hanauma Bay, 35 feet, 90mm lens + 2x tele

Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet


Kewalo, Oahu, 60 feet


Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 4 feet



Puako, Hawaii, 20 feet


Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 4 feet

Post-larval Yellow Tang, Sharkfin, Lana'i, 60 feet

Post-larval, Sharkfin, Lana'i, 75 feet


Yellow Tang, night coloration, Sharkfin, Lanai, 45 feet

Night, Kona Village, Hawaii, 10 feet


Honaunau, Hawaii, 6 feet


Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet


Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet


100 foot Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 75 feet


Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 50 feet

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 75 feet


Sea Cave, Oahu, 50 feet

Juvenile, Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 30 feet


Puako, Hawaii, 40 feet


YELLOW TANG        lau'īpala

Common on coral reefs at any depth where it feeds upon filamentous algae.  Large feeding aggregations may be observed in marine reserves along the leeward coast of Hawaii.  Juveniles have tall fins and faint vertical bars.  An important species in the aquarium trade.  Attains 8 inches.  The all-black species Zebrasoma rostratum has been reported from Hanauma Bay and Kaneohe Bay.  Hawaii to Micronesia and Okinawa.