Indian Mimic Surgeonfish (Juvenile) (Acanthurus tristis)

Also known as Blackcheek Surgeonfish, Blackcheek Tang, Doctorfish, Eibli Mimic, Eibli Mimic Surgeonfish, Eibli Mimic Tang, Indian Mimic, Indian Mimic Surgeon, Indian Mimic Tang, Indian Ocean Mimic Surgeonfish, Indian Ocean Mimic Tang, Lancetfish, Mimic Surgeonfish, Mimic Tang, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish, Yellowspot Surgeonfish

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Also known as Blackcheek Surgeonfish, Blackcheek Tang, Doctorfish, Eibli Mimic, Eibli Mimic Surgeonfish, Eibli Mimic Tang, Indian Mimic, Indian Mimic Surgeon, Indian Mimic Tang, Indian Ocean Mimic Surgeonfish, Indian Ocean Mimic Tang, Lancetfish, Mimic Surgeonfish, Mimic Tang, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish, Yellowspot Surgeonfish.

Found singly, over mixed coral, rock, and sandy areas, of shallow lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Juveniles mimic the cryptic Centropyge eibli.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 2-30m
Widespread Indian Ocean

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/12782

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 Indian Mimic Surgeonfish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Indian Mimic Surgeonfish

Indian Mimic Surgeonfish

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