Ringtail surgeonfish (Juvenile) (Acanthurus blochii)

Also known as Dark Surgeon, Dark Surgeonfish, Dark Tang, Elongated Surgeonfish, Doctorfish, Lancetfish, Ringtail Surgeon, Ringtail Tang, Tailring Surgeon, Tailring Surgeonfish, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish, Whitetail Lancet

Description

Also known as Dark Surgeon, Dark Surgeonfish, Dark Tang, Elongated Surgeonfish, Doctorfish, Lancetfish, Ringtail Surgeon, Ringtail Tang, Tailring Surgeon, Tailring Surgeonfish, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish, Whitetail Lancet.

Found in small schools over sandy areas of outer lagoons and seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on algae.
Length - 42cm
Depth - 2-15m
Widespread Indo-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/4750

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 Ringtail surgeonfish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Ringtail Surgeonfish

Ringtail Surgeonfish

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