striated surgeonfish

Scientific name Ctenochaetus striatus
Descriptor Quoy & Gaimard
Year of description 1825
IUCN category LC
Family Acanthuridae
Genus Ctenochaetus
Ctenochaetus striatus Ctenochaetus striatus


Ctenochaetus striatus, commonly known as striated surgeonfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    26 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    26 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the striated surgeonfish ?

The striated surgeonfish measures between 18 and 26 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly marron and beige body. The also has bleu vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with alguivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The striated surgeonfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is omnivorous with alguivorous tendency .

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 striated surgeonfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The striated 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 - 35 m

Biotope presentation

The striated surgeonfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 35m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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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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