Eyespot Surgeonfish, Acanthurus bariene Lesson 1831

Other Names: Eye-spot Surgeon, Eye-spot Surgeonfish, Roundspot Surgeonfish

An Eyespot Surgeonfish, Acanthurus bariene, in Bali, Indonesia. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A brown surgeonfish with fine irregular greyish-blue lines along sides, a small black spot behind eye, a yellowish-orange bar from behind spot to below pectoral fin, a yellow dorsal fin, dorsal and anal fins with blue margins and a narrow blue line along bases, and a white band at caudal-fin base. 

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Eyespot Surgeonfish, Acanthurus bariene Lesson 1831

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Indo-West Pacific, including the Andaman Sea, Ryukyu Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Usually inhabits outer coral reef slopes, generally below a depth of 30 m.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin IX, 26-28; Anal fin III, 25-26; Pectoral fin 17; Pelvic fin I, 5; Gill rakers 19-23.
Body deep, 1.9-2.0 in SL. Dorsal profile of head notably convex in large adults. Teeth fixed, denticulate on all of margin, with expanded incurved tips. Caudal fin lunate in adults. Caudal peduncle with one folding spine. 


Body brown, shading to yellowish-brown below, with numerous irregular longitudinal greyish-blue lines; an eye-sized black spot at upper end of gill opening, with a yellow bar from behind spot to below pectoral fin; dorsal fin yellow with a narrow blue line at margin and base; caudal-fin lobes yellow. 


Dianne J. Bray

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37437006

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:50 cm TL

Depth:6-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

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