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Achilles Tang
Acanthurus achilles
20 cm

Where Achilles Tangs are found. Map from GBIF.
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Encyclopedia of Life
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I like being with other Achilles Tang fish. You can usually find us swimming in small groups. I am very loyal; when I find my mate, I will stay with them for life. Crazy thing...I looked pretty different when I was young. I didn't have my orange spot! We Achilles Tang fish develop our orange spots only when we become adults.
Fun Facts
I am a beautiful reef fish, but I can be dangerous. The back part of my body, near my orange spot, can sting you. That means that I can hurt other fish who try to eat me and even humans who try to catch me.
The only thing that I like to eat is turf algae. Turf algae is a carpet of many different kinds of plants you can find all over the reef. Since I only eat plants, I am an herbivore.
Many people find me delicious and I also make a good pet, so my friends get taken from the reef a lot. We don't mind as long as humans are careful that they don't take too many of us out of the reef! Another threat is that my home is currently in danger. Do all you can to save the is where I live and without it, my friends and I will go extinct.