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Whitespotted Surgeonfish (api)

Acanthurus guttatus

Description:

Has 2 white bars, 1 behind the eye and 1 behind the pectoral fin. Many white spots on the rear half of the fish. Has bright yellow pelvic fins and the tail is bright yellow and black. Has a thick upper lip.

Habitat:

These are non-territorial surge-zone fish that ride the surf into the shallow water to feed on algae before being swept back into deeper water.

Notes:

Group spawning, often involving hundreds of fish, takes place at dusk over outcroppings in channels.

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1 Comment

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 7 years ago

aka Mustard Tang.

KathleenMcEachern
Spotted by
KathleenMcEachern

Lat: 19.73, Long: -156.05

Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on May 2, 2012

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