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  Eyestripe Surgeonfish (Acanthurus dussumieri)





Eyestripe Surgeonfish | Acanthurus dussumieri photo
Acanthurus dussumieri

Image by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Eyestripe Surgeonfish | Acanthurus dussumieri photo
Acanthurus dussumieri at Birch Aquarium

Image by Stan Shebs - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Eye stripe Surgeonfish has a yellow brown to gray brown body with fine with irregular blue lines . It has a yellow spot behind the eye, and a yellow band through the eye. The dorsal and anal fins are yellow with blue edges and a blue stripe at the fin base. The tail is blue with some black spots. The Eye stripe Surgeonfish has a white spine on the tail stem.

Size
to 50cm

Habitat
offshore reefs

Range
The Eye stripe Surgeonfish is found in the Indian Ocean and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found in north-western Western Australia and from the top of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland to central New South Wales coast.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Acanthuridae
Genus:Acanthurus
Species:dussumieri
Common Name:Eyestripe Surgeonfish

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