Blue Tang

Also called the blue surgeonfish and regal tang, this species of surgeonfish is well known for the role of Dory in Finding Nemo.

  • Scientific Name: Paracanthurus hepatus
  • Range: Coral reefs, including East Africa, Japan, Samoa, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: Natural Encounters ocean habitat and Kipp Aquarium
  • Cool Animal Fact: The fish is important for the health of coral reefs, as it eats algae that may otherwise choke the coral with overgrowth.