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  Dark Surgeon (Acanthurus blochii)





Dark Surgeon | Acanthurus blochii photo
Acanthurus blochii

Image by NPS photo - Bryan Harry - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



DARK SURGEON FACTS

Description
The Dark Surgeon is gray, blue or brownish with a yellow spot behind the eye. The tail is blue with a white bar at the base of the tail. There is a lighter blue-gray patch around mouth.

Size
to 45cm

Habitat
offshore reefs. feeds over sandy areas

Range
The Dark Surgeon is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found off north-western Western Australia and on the east coast from the northern Great Barrier Reef to south of New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Acanthuridae
Genus:Acanthurus
Species:blochii
Common Name:Dark Surgeon

Relatives in same Genus
  Eyestripe Surgeonfish (A. dussumieri)
  Striped Surgeonfish (A. lineatus)
  Brown Surgeonfish (A. nigrofuscus)
  Orangeband Surgeonfish (A. olivaceus)
  Convict Surgeonfish (A. triostegus)