Acanthurus triostegus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Acanthurus triostegus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Acanthurus triostegus

English Name: Convict surgeonfish

Creole Name: Sirizyen Bef

French Name: Chirurgien bagnard

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 22-26; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 19-22.

Body is olivaceous grey to yellow grey dorsally shading to white ventrally with 6 narrow black bars, the first on the head passing through the eye, 4 on the body and 1, 
typically broken, on the caudal peduncle. Anal and pelvic fin may display basal black bar. 


Maturity: Lm 8.8 cm TL. Range unknown. Max Length: 27cm but rarely exceeds 20cm. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Adults occur in lagoon and seaward reefs with hard substrate (0-90m depth) young are abundant in tide pools. Adults are often observed in large feeding aggregations, 
it may also be seen as solitary or in small groups. It is a grazer that feeds on algal turfs. Forms spawning aggregations.

Fishery Status:

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






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McIlwain, J. et al. (2012).  Acanthurus triostegus. The IUCN Red List of 2012: e.T177965A1504553. (14/06/22).
Randall, J.E. (2001). Surgeonfishes of Hawaii and the World. ISBN: 1-56647-561-9


Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Acanthurus triostegus, Convict surgeonfish. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 14/06/22).

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