whitefin surgeonfish

Scientific name Acanthurus albipectoralis
Descriptor Allen & Ayling
Year of description 1987
IUCN category LC
Family Acanthuridae
Genus Acanthurus
Acanthurus albipectoralis Acanthurus albipectoralis

Introduction

Acanthurus albipectoralis, commonly known as whitefin surgeonfish, is a salt water fish from the Great Barrier Reef.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    33 cm
  • Shape
    Ovoid
  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    33 cm
  • Shape
    Ovoid

How to recognize the whitefin surgeonfish ?

The whitefin surgeonfish measures between 30 and 33 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    planctophage
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The whitefin surgeonfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is planctophage .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the whitefin surgeonfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The whitefin surgeonfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

The whitefin surgeonfish is most often found at a depth between 5m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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