SEARCH THIS SITE

OzAnimals.com
Australian Wildlife

  Convict Surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus)





Convict Surgeonfish | Acanthurus triostegus photo
Labroides phthirophagus and convict tang, Acanthurus triostegus at w:cleaning station in Kona,w:Hawaii

Image by Mila Zinkova - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Convict Surgeonfish | Acanthurus triostegus photo
shoal of Convict Surgeonfish

Image by Elapied - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



CONVICT SURGEONFISH FACTS

Description
The Convict Surgeonfish is olive grey with four vertical black stripes on the body, one on the head, and a short stripe on the tail stem. The background color is whiter on the belly, and there is often a sharp division between the paler underside and darker dorsal regions. It has a sharp spine on each side of tail stem.

Size
to 27cm

Habitat
lagoons, seaward reefs with rock or rubble floor. Juveniles are found in lagoons and tidal pools.

Food
algae. Often feeds in large schools.

Breeding
During spawning, the eggs and sperm are preyed on by eagle rays.

Range
The Convict Surgeonfish is found throughout much of the Indo-Pacific region.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Acanthuridae
Genus:Acanthurus
Species:triostegus
Common Name:Convict Surgeonfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Dark Surgeon (A. blochii)
  Eyestripe Surgeonfish (A. dussumieri)
  Striped Surgeonfish (A. lineatus)
  Brown Surgeonfish (A. nigrofuscus)
  Orangeband Surgeonfish (A. olivaceus)