Acanthurus pyroferus

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Chocolate surgeonfish
Chocolate tang - Acanthurus pyroferus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Genus: Acanthurus
Species: A. pyroferus
Binomial name
Acanthurus pyroferus
Kittlitz, 1834

Acanthurus pyroferus is a species of fish in the family Acanthuridae, the unicornfishes and tangs. Its common names include chocolate surgeonfish, mimic surgeonfish, orange-gilled surgeonfish, Pacific mimic surgeon, and yellowspot surgeon.[1]

This fish can be found in the Indo-Pacific, excluding Hawaii. It lives primarily around steep, shallow slopes near the coast with clear sand and corals.[2] It reaches 25 centimeters in length.[3]

This fish is occasionally kept in aquaria.


  1. ^ Choat, J.H., et al. 2012. Acanthurus pyroferus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Downloaded on 03 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Acanthurus pyroferus: Distribution". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Acanthurus pyroferus: Size". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 

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