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Juvenile blue tang

 Juvenile blue tang

Juvenile blue tangs exhibit different behavior than both conspecific and congeneric adults. Juveniles are prevalent in the reef crest zone, spur zone, and on the fringe of the reef flat zone, but are rare inside of the reef flat zone. Juveniles remain solitary on their home ranges, and home range territory size increases with body size. These territories overlap with those of [Stegastes] damselfish. Juvenile blue tangs are aggressive in territory defense.