Striped Surgeonfish (Acanthurus lineatus)

Also known as Blue-banded Surgeon, Blue-banded Surgeonfish, Blue-lined Surgeonfish, Clown Surgeon, Clown Surgeonfish, Clown Tang, Doctorfishes, Lancetfishes, Lined Surgeon, Lined Surgeonfish, Pyjama Clown, Striped Surgeon, Tang Clown, Thorntail Fish, Thorntails


Also known as Doctorfishes, Lancetfishes, Thorntails, Thorntail Fish, Striped Surgeon, Lined Surgeon, Lined Surgeonfish, Blue Lined Surgeonfish, Blue Banded Surgeonfish, Bluebanded Surgeon, Clown Surgeon, Clown Surgeonfish, Pyjama Clown, Clown Tang and Tang Clown.

Found singly or in small groups on shallow reef flats, slopes and gutters usually exposed to surge currents.
Males are often found with a harem of females.
Small juveniles secretive among rubble boulders.
They feed on plankton and algae.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 1-10m
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:

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

Striped Surgeonfish (Juvenile)

Striped Surgeonfish (Juvenile)

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