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Eyestripe surgeonfish

Photo of an Eyestripe surgeonfish

Adult eyestripe surgeonfish underwater
(Photo: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)

Scientific name

Acanthurus dussumieri

Description
  • bright yellow mask over the eyes
  • maze-like pattern of thin, wavy yellow lines on the face and gill cover
  • the tail base spine is obvious, covered by a pale sheath in a black patch
Family name

Acanthuridae (surgeonfishes)

Family description
  • this family includes surgeonfishes, unicornfishes and sawtails
  • they are unique in having spines on the base of their tails which are used for defence
  • a few are venomous and all can inflict painful wounds
  • fish in this family have compressed (flattened) bodies, small mouths and very small close-set scales
  • surgeonfishes include all species of the genera Acanthurus and Ctenochaetus
  • unicornfish are a subset of this family and include all species of the genera Naso and Prionurus
  • representative species of each genus have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you may catch. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 25 cm
  • possession limit of 5 per surgeonfish species
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information

Last updated 24 November 2011