Whitecheek surgeonfish

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Whitecheek surgeonfish
Acanthurus nigricans by NPS.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Genus: Acanthurus
Species: A. nigricans
Binomial name
Acanthurus nigricans
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The whitecheek surgeonfish,[2] also known as the goldenrim surgeonfish or yellow-spotted surgeonfish, Acanthurus nigricans, is a reef-associated tang found from the central Indo-Pacific area to the eastern Pacific coast, Hawaii included.[3] It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to 21.3 cm in length.


  1. ^ Choat, J.H., Abesamis, R., Clements, K.D., McIlwain, J., Myers, R., Nanola, C., Rocha, L.A., Russell, B. & Stockwell, B. (2012). "Acanthurus nigricans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Pietsch, T.W. and D.B. Grobecker, 1987. Frogfishes of the world. Systematics, zoogeography, and behavioral ecology. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California. 420 p.
  3. ^ "Acanthurus nigricans: Distribution". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 3 May 2014.