Roundspot Surgeonfish (juvenile) (Acanthurus bariene)

Also known as Bariene Surgeonfish, Bariene Tang, Blackspot Surgeonfish, Blackspot Tang, Doctorfish, Eyespot Surgeon, Eyespot Surgeonfish, Eyespot Tang, Lancetfish, Ocean Surgeon, Pencilled Surgeonfish, Roundspot Tang, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish

Description

Also known as Bariene Surgeonfish, Bariene Tang, Blackspot Surgeonfish, Blackspot Tang, Doctorfish, Eyespot Surgeon, Eyespot Surgeonfish, Eyespot Tang, Lancetfish, Ocean Surgeon, Pencilled Surgeonfish, Roundspot Tang, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish.

Found singly or in pairs over deep reef slopes and outer walls of clear seaward reefs.
They feed on algae.
Juveniles found amongst corals on shallow protected reefs.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 6-50m
Widespread Indo-West 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. (edit) Ref: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/4307

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 Roundspot Surgeonfish (juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Roundspot Surgeonfish

Roundspot Surgeonfish

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