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Acanthurus coeruleus Bloch and Schneider, 1801
BLUE TANG SURGEONFISH
Blue Tang

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Acanthurus coeruleus
Acanthurus coeruleus
Caribbean Blue Tang
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Acanthurus coeruleus
Acanthurus coeruleus
Blue Tang
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Acanthurus coeruleus
Acanthurus coeruleus
Blue Tang
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Acanthurus coeruleus
Acanthurus coeruleus
Blue Tang
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Acanthurus coeruleus   Bloch & Schneider , 1801

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Acanthuridae (Surgeonfishes, tangs, unicornfishes) > Acanthurinae
Etymology: Acanthurus: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335 ) .   More on author: Bloch , Schneider .

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 40 m (Ref. 7345 ), usually 2 - 18 m (Ref. 27115 ).   Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 27115 ); 42°N - 15°S, 100°W - 4°W (Ref. 55165 )

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Western Atlantic: New York, USA and Bermuda to the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Ascension Island (Ref. 7345 ).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ? , range 13 - ? cm
Max length : 39.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36453 ); common length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-28; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : 24 - 26. A deep-bodied surgeonfish (body depth 1.7 in SL) with a conspicuous yellow caudal spine. Has the most distinctive coloration of all western Atlantic surgeonfishes (Ref. 26938 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits coral reefs, inshore grassy or rocky areas. Forms small groups (Ref. 26235 ). Mainly diurnal. Feeds entirely on algae (Ref. 5521 ). At Fernando de Noronha Archipelago in southwestern Atlantic, juveniles hold cleaning stations together with the doctorfish ( Acanthurus chirurgus ) and sergeant major ( Abudefduf saxatilis ) and graze algae as well as pick molted skin and parasites from green turtles ( Chelonia mydas ). This behavior is preceded by a characteristic inspection usually followed by feeding nips on the turtles’ skin (head, limbs, and tail), as well as on the carapace. The most inspected and cleaned body parts are the flippers (Ref. 51385 ). The spine on both sides of the caudal peduncle may inflict painful wounds (Ref. 5217 ). Marketed fresh.

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Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray , 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185 )

  Least Concern (LC)  

CITES (Ref. 94142 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Traumatogenic (Ref. 4690 )




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Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial; bait: occasionally FAO(Publication : search ) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02570 (0.01544 - 0.04280), b=2.96 (2.82 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  2.0   ±0.00 se; Based on food items. Resilience (Ref.