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Clown Tang

BAD Fish

Scientific Name Acanthurus lineatus

Other Name(s) Clown Surgeonfish; Lined Surgeonfish; Blue-Banded Surgeonfish

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Clown Tang

BAD Fish
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Yellow to orange base on mid to upper body with dark edged blue stripes; blue/grey belly. To 15 inches.  Many Clown Tangs are captured with cyanide, an illegal practice harming both fish and reefs. Attempts at captive breeding have been unsuccessful.