Yellow Scopus Tang - Rare (xanthic)
Species: Z. scopus
Binomial name: Zebrasoma scopus
This is a very rare Yellow Scopus Tang from the Indian Ocean . The Yellow Scopus Tang is unlike the aberrant or Koi Scopus Tang in that it is not a product of inbreeding that causes this rare color morph but 2 recessive genes according the article published by Reefbreeders.com. Adult fish can grow to 2 0 centimetres (7.9 in) in length, and 1–2 centimetres (0.39–0.79 in) in thickness. Adult males tend to be larger than females. Yellow Scopus tang are a pale yellow in color keeping spots on the face and lateral lines.
In the wild, scopus tang feed on benthic turf algae and other marine plant material. In captivity they are commonly fed meat/fish based aquarium food, but the long term health effects of this diet are questionable. However, most experts in the marine aquarium industry express little skepticism that such a well rounded and balanced diet including plant and animal material would be in any way detrimental to mostly herbivorous fishes like tangs, since they still need on occasion, complex amino acids and nutrients that only ocean animals can provide. In the wild, yellow tang provide cleaner services to marine turtles, by removing algal growth from their shells.