The Yellow Mimic Tang (Acanthurus pyroferus) also known as the Chocolate Tang, Mimic Tang, Mimic Surgeonfish and Chocolate Surgeonfish.
During thier juvenile stages they have an oval shaped, yellow body with blue highlights around the eyes and gill covers.
As an adult the Mimic Tang is very similar looking to many other Acanthurus species as far as size and facial features. They are most often found individually around lagoon & seaward reef zones, scouring over coral and rocks.
Juvenile Yellow Mimic Tangs quite often imitate the color and caudal fin shape of the pygmy angelfish (Centropyge argi) & the Lemon peel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus) hence the name ‘’Mimic’’. When mature, the body color darkens towards tan with red highlights forming around the eyes & pectoral fins with each assuming their own color and fin shapes, they no longer mimic other fish.
Yellow Mimic Tang 3-6 cm
Yellow Mimic Tang
Scientific Name Acanthurus pyroferus Origin Indo-Pacific, Australia Max Size 25 cm Reef Safe Yes Min Tank Size Medium Diet Herbivore, Greens, Pellet, Flake Care Level Moderate Temperament Semi Aggressive