English : Palelipped surgeonfish
French : Poisson chirurgien à lèvres blanches
Class : Teleostei
Order : Acanthuriformes (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Acanthuridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Maximum length is 45 cm. The species is usually uniform dark brown but can appear grey as well. Whitish ring around lips. Orange markings on fins. Dorsal and anal fins have blue edges. Crescent-shaped caudal fin with black and blue edges.
Range and habitat
This species occurs in the Indo-Pacific area, mostly around islands and archipelagos, from East Africa to Philippines and to Line Islands. Lives in clear seaward reefs, near drop-offs, at depths down to 40 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is at least locally common within its range. It’s rarely captured for aquarium trade and occurs in many protected areas.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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