Acanthurus lineatus

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Acanthurus lineatus
Lined surgeonfish Acanthurus lineatus (striped surgeonfish) (5849453394).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Genus: Acanthurus
A. lineatus
Binomial name
Acanthurus lineatus

Acanthurus lineatus, the lined surgeonfish, is a member of the family Acanthuridae, the surgeonfishes. Other common names include blue banded surgeonfish, blue-lined surgeonfish, clown surgeonfish, pyjama tang, striped surgeonfish, and zebra surgeonfish.[1]


This species reaches about 38 centimeters in length. Much of the body has black-edged blue and yellow stripes, and the top of the head is striped with yellow. The belly is grayish. The pectoral fins have darkened rays and the pelvic fins are yellow-brown with black margins. Individuals from around the Philippines vary in coloration.[2] The sharp, forward-pointing spines on the caudal peduncle are venomous.[3]


A. lineatus occurs in the Indian Ocean from East Africa to the western Pacific Ocean to the Great Barrier Reef, Japan, Polynesia,[3] and Hawaii.


The lined surgeonfish is associated with reefs, living in marine waters just a few meters deep. It is benthopelagic.[3]


The fish is territorial, with a large male defending a feeding territory and a harem of females. The adults may also school, and they gather en masse during spawning. The juvenile is solitary. The fish is mostly herbivorous, but might eat crustaceans at times.[3] Most of its diet is algae. It grazes during the day.[1]

Human uses[edit]

This species is of commercial and ornamental value. It is especially important among the reef fishes of American Samoa. In some areas it is heavily exploited, but it lives in many protected zones and in general it is widespread and common.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Choat, J. H., et al. 2012. Acanthurus lineatus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Downloaded on 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Acanthurus lineatus". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  3. ^ a b c d Froese, R. and D. Pauly, Eds. Acanthurus lineatus. FishBase. 2011.

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