Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Acanthuridae > Paracanthurus > Paracanthurus hepatus

Paracanthurus hepatus (common surgeon; doctorfish; Wedge-tailed tang; Wedgetail blue tang; Regal blue surgeonfish; Palette surgeonfish; Palette surgeon; Indo-pacific bluetang; Hepatus tang; Flagtail surgeonfish; Blue tang; Blue surgeonfish; Surgeonfish)

Synonyms: Acanthurus hepatus; Acanthurus theuthis; Paracanthurus theuthis; Teuthis hepatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

Paracanthurus hepatus is a species of Indo-Pacific surgeonfish. A popular fish in marine aquaria, it is the only member of the genus Paracanthurus. A number of common names are attributed to the species, including regal tang, palette surgeonfish, blue tang (leading to confusion with the Atlantic Acanthurus coeruleus), royal blue tang, hippo tang, flagtail surgeonfish, Pacific regal blue tang and blue surgeonfish.
View Wikipedia Record: Paracanthurus hepatus

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    
Ranong   Thailand      
Seaflower Marine Protected Area 15125514 Colombia      


Laticauda schistorhynchus (Flat-tail Sea Snake)[1]


Parasitized by 
Hapladena invaginata[2]
Neobenedenia melleni[2]
Schikhobalotrema obtusum[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Acquario di Genova
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Artis Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park
Blackbrook Zoological Park
Blank Park Zoo of Des Moines
Bramble Park Zoo
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Burger's Zoo
Cheyenne Mtn Zoological Park
Colchester Zoo
Dakota Zoo
Detroit Zoological Society
El Paso Zoo
Florida Aquarium
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Indianapolis Zoo
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Lake Superior Zoological Gardens
Legoland Atlantis By Sealife
London Aquarium
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny w Lodz
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
North of England Zoological Society
Odense Zoologiske Have
Oglebay's Good Children's Zoo
Ogrod Zoologiczny w Poznaniu
Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Ouwehand Zoo
Permskii Zoologicheskii Sad
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Potter Park Zoological Gardens
Riga Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Rodbaston College
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Staten Island Zoo
Steinhart Aquarium (CA Acad of Science
Tallinn Zoo
Thuringer Zoopark Erfurt
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Toronto Zoo
Universeum Science Center
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr
West Edmonton Mall Marine Life Center
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Zoo Dvur Kralove, a.s.
Zoo Landau in der Pfalz
Zoo Parc de Beauval
Zoo Zürich
Zoological Society of London


Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Australia; Caroline Island; Chagos Islands; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Comoros; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Hong Kong; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: East Africa, including the Mascarene Islands (Ref. 37792) to Kiribati, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and Samoa. ; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Japan; Kimbe Bay; Kiribati; Kuroshio Current; Lingayen Gulf; Lord Howe Island; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Norfolk Island; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast Australian Shelf; Northwest Australian Shelf; Ogasawara Islands; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Panay Gulf; Panguil Bay; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Samoa; Seychelles; Sogod Bay; South Africa; South China Sea; Sri Lanka; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tonga; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wake Island; Yellow Sea;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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