Striped Surgeonfish (Acanthurus lineatus)

Also known as Blue-banded Surgeon, Blue-banded Surgeonfish, Blue-lined Surgeonfish, Clown Surgeon, Clown Surgeonfish, Clown Tang, Doctorfish, Lancetfish, Lined Surgeon, Lined Surgeonfish, Pyjama Clown, Striped Surgeon, Tang Clown, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish

Description

Also known as Blue-banded Surgeon, Blue-banded Surgeonfish, Blue-lined Surgeonfish, Clown Surgeon, Clown Surgeonfish, Clown Tang, Doctorfish, Lancetfish, Lined Surgeon, Lined Surgeonfish, Pyjama Clown, Striped Surgeon, Tang Clown, Thorntail, Thorntail Fish.

Found singly, harems over shallow reef flats, slopes and gutters usually exposed to surge currents.
They feed on algae and crustaceans.
Small juveniles secretive among rubble boulders.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 1-15m
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: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Acanthurus-lineatus.html

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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2 comments

  1. Posted by Lex
    March 04, 2020 at 00:58 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Are striped surgeonfish safe to eat? There's a lot of content online about other types of surgeonfish, but the only info I can find on this one specifically is for aquarium keeping.

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