pale surgeonfish

Scientific name Acanthurus mata
Descriptor Cuvier
Year of description 1829
IUCN category LC
Family Acanthuridae
Genus Acanthurus
Acanthurus mata Acanthurus mata

Introduction

Acanthurus mata, commonly known as pale surgeonfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Longevity
    23 year
  • Shape
    Ovoid
  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Longevity
    23 year
  • Shape
    Ovoid

How to recognize the pale surgeonfish ?

The pale surgeonfish measures between 45 and 50 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly bleu body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

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

The pale surgeonfish is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place. Parrying or even sustained fighting can occur between dominant males.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The pale 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.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 100 m

Biotope presentation

The pale surgeonfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Fishkeeping

Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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Bibliographic references

APPORTS ONTOGENIQUES ALA PHYLOGENIE DES POISSONS CHIRURGIENS (Famille: Aca.nthuridae) - Brice QUENOUILLE - MNHM - 1996. MÉMOIRES DE STAGE SCIENCES DE LA MER BIOLOGIE MARINE, Michel KULBICK, Nouméa: ORSTOM. Mai 1996. 38 p

The Goldrim Surgeonfish - Brice QUENOUILLE - MNHM - 0. MÉMOIRES DE STAGE SCIENCES DE LA MER BIOLOGIE MARINE, Michel KULBICK, Nouméa: ORSTOM. Mai 1996. 38 p

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