Scopas Surgeon, Brown Sailfin Surgeonfish, Brown Sailfin Tang, Brown Tang, Brushtail Tang, Two-tone Surgeonfish, Twotone Tang
Zebrasoma scopas, French Polynesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Zebrasoma scopas, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Zebrasoma scopas, Juvenile. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Zebrasoma scopas, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Disc-shaped, with long snout and long dorsal and anal fins. Z. rostratum is a similar central Pacific species not known from Australia, and with longer snout.
Max Size: 40 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 21.4-31.2°C
Depth: 1-60 m
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 23.6
Also referred to as the SGI (Species generalisation index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species.
Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most
hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Common (47% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Several (9 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland