thompson's surgeonfish

Scientific name Acanthurus thompsoni
Descriptor Fowler
Year of description 1923
IUCN category LC
Family Acanthuridae
Genus Acanthurus
Acanthurus thompsoni Acanthurus thompsoni


Acanthurus thompsoni, commonly known as thompson's surgeonfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    27 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    27 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the thompson's surgeonfish ?

The thompson's surgeonfish measures between 25 and 27 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly noir and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The thompson's surgeonfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is algae-eating .

The thompson's 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

The thompson's surgeonfish is a fish ovipare.

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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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 119 m

Biotope presentation

The thompson's surgeonfish is most often found at a depth between 0m and 119m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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