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  Orangeband Surgeonfish (Acanthurus olivaceus)





Orangeband Surgeonfish | Acanthurus olivaceus photo
Acanthurus olivaceus (orange-shouldered tang) at the Vancouver Aquarium

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



FISH FACTS

Description
The adult Orangeband Surgeonfish is grayish brown. The head and front half of the body are paler than the back half of the body with a well defined separation of the two shades. There is a bright orange band with dark purple or black border running about a third of the body length from the gill opening. The dorsal fin has orange brown base. Juvenile Orangeband Surgeonfish are yellow.

Size
to 35cm

Habitat
seaward reefs with bare rock, rubble and sand, from 9m - 46 m in depth. Juveniles are found in protected bays and lagoons.

Food
plankton, algae

Range
The Orangeband Surgeonfish is found in the Indo-Pacific region from the eastern Indian Ocean to the Hawaiian islands, and north to Japan. In Australia it is found off north west coast of Western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef of Queensland and south to Lord Howe Island.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Acanthuridae
Genus:Acanthurus
Species:olivaceus
Common Name:Orangeband Surgeonfish

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