Sohal surgeonfish

Like other tangs, the sohal tang is compressed laterally, making it extremely maneuverable and fast along the reef.

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The Sohal surgeonfish lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 0 - m , usually 0 - 20 m environment.

The sohal surgeonfish or sohal tang, Acanthurus sohal, is a Red Sea endemic which grows to 16 inches in the wild. Its striking blue and white horizontal stripes has made it what many consider the 'poster fish' for the Red Sea reef environment. It is a valued aquarium fish. More

Wild Sohal Surgeonfish specimens can grow to 16 inches; in an aquarium setting the adults will normally grow from 7 to 10 inches. More

The Sohal Surgeonfish are among the most prized fish for the aquarium hobby. The blue outline on the fins and the horizontal body striping render them quite striking. More

Information on the Sohal surgeonfish is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly . More

The Sohal surgeonfish reaches a total length of 38-40 cm, occasionally more. It is characterized by striking blue and white horizontal stripes and jet black fins with bright blue borders, and some orange markings behind their pectoral fins and at the base of their tail. More

Common names

Acanthurus sohal in Italian (Italiano)
Anfoos in Arabic (‫العربية)
Arabischer Doktorfisch in German (Deutsch)
Fardh in Arabic (‫العربية)
Faridh in Arabic (‫العربية)
Linjavälskäri in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Red Sea clown surgeon in English
Red Sea surgeonfish in English
Rode Zee doktersvis in Dutch (Nederlands)
Sohal in English
Sohal surgeonfish in English
Sohal-kirurgfisk in Danish (dansk)
紅海刺尾魚 in Mandarin Chinese
红海刺尾鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Acanthuridae
Genus : Acanthurus
Species : Acanthurus sohal
Authority : Forssk