Fine-lined Surgeonfish (Acanthurus grammoptilus)

Also known as Doctorfish, Inshore Surgeon, Inshore Surgeonfish, Lancetfish, Northwest Surgeonfish, Ring-tailed Surgeonfish, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish

Description

Also known as Doctorfish, Inshore Surgeon, Inshore Surgeonfish, Lancetfish, Northwest Surgeonfish, Ring-tailed Surgeonfish, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish.

Found singly or in small schools over shallow, protected, silty coastal reefs.
They feed on algae and plankton.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 2-90m
Widespread Western Pacific

Surgeonfish have a blade like spine in the tail that points outwards when bent, unicorns have two hook-like plates along the tail, these are used for defence and are as sharp as a surgeons scalpel, hence the name "Surgeonfish".
Some species are venomous. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Acanthurus-grammoptilus

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Fine-lined Surgeonfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Fine-lined Surgeonfish (Juvenile)

Fine-lined Surgeonfish (Juvenile)

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