Zebrasoma desjardinii (Bennett, 1836)
Zebrasoma desjardinii (Bennett, 1836)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Zebrasoma desjardinii

English Name: Indian sail-fin surgeonfish

Creole Name: Sirizyen taba

French Name: Chirurgien à voile

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 4; Dorsal rays: 27-31; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 22-24.

Light grey body with eight dark brown bars, each containing two or three orange-yellow lines that break into spots ventrally. Head with 2 dark brown bars and numerous 
small pale yellow spots. Caudal fin truncate with small pale blue spots.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 40cm TL

Habitat and Ecology:

 Occurs in lagoon and seaward reefs (3-30m depth). Classified as a grazer, usually solitary or in pairs. Juveniles are solitary in sheltered inner reef areas.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the fish trap fishery, but is a rare component of the catch.


The colour of the photo’d specimen has been altered by storage on ice.


Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. (2018). FishBase https://www.fishbase.de/summary/zebrasoma-desjardinii (19/10/18)
Myers, R. (2012). Zebrasoma desjardinii. The IUCN Red List 2012: e.T178024A1524628. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012.RLTS.T178024A1524628.en. (19/10/18).
Randall, J.E. (2001). Surgeonfishes of Hawaii and the World. ISBN: 1-56647-561-9


Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Zebrasoma desjardinii, Indian sail-fin surgeonfish. Seychelles Seatizens. www.seatizens.sc. https://seatizens.sc/species/zebrasoma-desjardinii-bennett-1836/ (edited 17/06/22).

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