Zebrasoma scopas is a widespread but highly variable species of surgeon fish with unusual chromatic aberrations that is appreciated by the reef world. The Indian and Pacific Oceans have spawned many freaks over the years, from Kenya to Thailand, from Indonesia to the Philippines. This specimen, referred to as the Banana Koi Tang by its exporter, came from the Philippines to the Abyss Aquatic Warehouse in Manchester, UK.
The 5-inch fish was quarantined and fed a varied diet in late 2020 before going on sale. Blue Face Koi Tangs usually come from the Indian Ocean, but the Philippines has solid yellow fish that look like Yellow Tangs, and Blue Face Koi Tangs like this one with a really yellow body. As with all deviating Scopas, the color and pattern of this fish is flowing and already ranges from pudding yellow with dark spots on the flanks in the video to solid taxi yellow with a bronze mask on the still image.
The Abyss is known in Europe for the procurement of rare and premium marine fish. Previous fish patrons included a deviant lemon peel angel, an all-white Scopas kelp, a deep-water Popeye Catalufa, and a white long-nosed butterflyfish. They even employ staff solely as full-time fish feeders for their valuable collection!
Reef builders know the fish has already been sold, but the video shows the banana split in a sales tank feeding on flake food with some wreck fish. The employees describe “him” as a super smooth zoomer who wants to have a great half hour every day. More pictures and videos documenting his color change and progress were promised once he reached his home forever.