Acanthurus Mata (Cuvier, 1829 )
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Acanthurus Mata (Cuvier, 1829 )

Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Acanthurus Mata (Cuvier, 1829)

English Name: Elongate surgeonfish

Creole Name: Sirizyen navi/Makwer

French Name: Chirurgien élégant

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)

Description:

Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal soft rays: 24-26; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 23-24.

Body grey to brown with thin blue stripes continuing onto head. Double yellow band between eyes that continues behind eyes as a yellow patch to the edge of the operculum. Peduncle spine with yellow socket. Caudal and anal fins exhibit yellowish-brown tinge. 


Size:

Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown Max Length: 50cm TL


Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabit steep slopes on coral reefs or over rocky susbstrata (5-100m depth, usually 5-45m) often in turbid waters. Generally feeds above the bottom on zooplankton mid-water.  Juveniles feed on benthic algae. Forms large resident spawning aggregations. 


Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the fish trap fishery. 


Notes:
References:

Abesamis, R. et al 2012. Acanthurus mata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T177967A1505359. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012.RLTS.T177967A1505359.en. (13/10/18).

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Eds. 2018. FishBase. www.fishbase.org, https://www.fishbase.de/summary/Acanthurus-mata.html (13/10/18)

Randall, J.E. (2001). Surgeonfishes of Hawaii and the World. ISBN: 1-56647-561-9

Nevill, J. (2013). A Species Identification Guide for Commonly Caught Fish in the Seychelles Near-Shore Artisanal Fishery. GOS/UNDP/GEF.


Citation:

Nevill, J.E.G. & Mason-Parker, C. (2019). Acanthurus mata, Elongate surgeonfish. www.seatizens.sc


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