Lined surgeonfish
  • Acanthurus lineatus
  • English Name : Lined surgeonfish
  • Local Name : Fashuvi libaas
  • Size : Max. 38 cm
  • Family : ACANTHURIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 27-29 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 25-28 rays. Pectoral rays 16. Adult body depth about 2.2 in standard length. Caudal peduncle spine very long. Caudal fin lunate.
  • Colour: Distinctly and beautifully coloured, with alternate black edged yellow and blue stripes.
  • Habitat and Biology: An inshore species of coral reefs or rocky substrates exposed to wave action. Feeds on benthic algae. Territorial and very aggressive. Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Acanthurus lineatus is a very common inhabitant of shallow reef flats. This beautifully marked surgeonfish is very popular among aquarists and divers. The caudal spine is apparently venomous.