Acanthurus Mata (Cuvier, 1829 )
Acanthurus Mata (Cuvier, 1829 )
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Acanthurus Mata

English Name: Elongate surgeonfish

Creole Name: Sirizyen navi/Makwer

French Name: Chirurgien élégant

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


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


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 where it is a common and sometimes numerous component of the catch.





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Nevill, J.E.G. (2013). A Species Identification Guide for Commonly Caught Fish in the Seychelles Near-Shore Artisanal Fishery. GOS/UNDP/GEF.
Randall, J.E. (2001). Surgeonfishes of Hawaii and the World. ISBN: 1-56647-561-9


Nevill, J.E.G. & Mason-Parker, C. (2019). Acanthurus mata, Elongate surgeonfish. (edited 12/06/22).

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