Acanthurus dussumieri (Valenciennes, 1835)
Acanthurus dussumieri (Valenciennes, 1835)

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Scientific Name: Acanthurus dussumieri (Valenciennes, 1835)

English Name: Eyestripe surgeonfish

Creole Name: Sirizyen zonn

French Name: Chirurgien couronné

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal soft rays: 25-27; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 24-26.

Pale yellowish brown body with paler/pale blue irregular longitudinal lines on head and body. Orange-yellow band between eyes continued behind to gill cover as large irregular spot. Opercular membrane black. Caudal peduncle bears single, sharp, forward-pointing erectile spine on each side. Sheath of spine white, the socket edged in black. Dorsal and anal fins of adults largely yellow with narrow blue band at base and a blue margin. Caudal fin, lunate in adults, deep blue with numerous small blackish spots, the basal parts of the lobes orange-yellow


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 54.0 cm TL. Common length 35.0 cm TL

Habitat and Ecology:

Juveniles occur on shallow reefs with good algal growth. Adults are generally found on seaward reefs at a depth of 10-130m. Occurs singly or in groups, it is a pair spawner.  Feeds on surface film of fine green and blue-green algae, diatoms, and detritus covering sand and the hard substratum of reefs.

Fishery Status:

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





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Nevill, J.E.G. & Mason-Parker, C. (2019). Acanthurus dussumieri, Eyestripe surgeonfish surgeonfish.

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