Pale Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata Cuvier 1829


Other Names: Elongate Surgeonfish, Pale Surgeon, Yellowmask Surgeonfish

A Pale Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata, on Ribbon Reef #4, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, June 2006. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A pale bluish to brown surgeonfish with fine wavy lines on the body, and a yellow bar through the eye that is divided into two narrow bars anteriorly.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Acanthurus mata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1026

Pale Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata Cuvier 1829

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Distribution

Shark Bay to the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to at least Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs  in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Features

Dorsal fin IX, 24-26; Anal fin III, 23-24; Gill rakers 13-15 in both anterior and posterior rows. 
A single, sharp, forward-pointing erectile spine folds into a horizontal white sheath on each side of the caudal peduncle. Scales minute.

Fisheries

Fished commercially in parts of its range, and small numbers are traded in the aquarium industry.

Species Citation

Chaetodon mata Cuvier, 1829, Règne Animal 2: 224. Type locality: Coromandel coast, India.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Pale Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata Cuvier 1829

References


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Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.


Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Cuvier, G.L. 1829. Le Règne Animal Distribué d'après son Organisation, pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée. Poissons. Paris : Fortin, Masson et Co. Vol. 2 Nouvelle édition, pp. 122-406.

Hutchins, J.B. 1990. Fish survey of South Passage, Shark Bay, Western Australia. pp. 263-278 in Berry, P.F., Bradshaw, S.D. & Wilson, B.R. (eds) Research in Shark Bay: Report of the France-Australe Bicentenary Expedition Committee. Perth : Western Australian Museum.

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Hutchins, J.B. 2003. Checklist of marine fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. pp. 453-478 in Wells, F.E., Walker, D.I., & Jones, D.S. (eds) Proceedings of the Eleventh International Marine Biological Workshop: The Marine Flora and Fauna of Dampier, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. & Debelius, H. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and Their Relatives. A comprehensive guide to Acanthuroidei. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp.

Randall, J.E. 1987. Three nomenclatorial changes in the Indo-Pacific surgeonfishes (Acanthurinae). Pacific Science 41(1-4): 54-61.

Randall, J.E. 2001. Surgeonfishes of Hawai'i and the World. Honolulu : Mutual Publishing and Bishop Museum Press 125 pp.

Randall, J.E. 2001. Zanclidae, Acanthuridae. pp. 3651-3683 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

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Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37437011

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-100 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:50 cm TL

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