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Acanthurus xanthopterus

Valenciennes, 1835

Yellowfin surgeonfish

Classification
Identification
Biology
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Acanthurus xanthopterus (Valenciennes, 1835)
Synonyms :
Classification : Acanthuridae ( Surgeonfishes )
 
Name : Chirurgien ? masque jaune
Poisson chirurgien nageoires jaunes
Name : Yellowfin surgeonfish
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
Body purplish gray when alive; grayish brown when preserved; a region of dull yellow in front of eye, a lesser extension posterior to lower part of eye; outer 1/3 of pectoral fin yellow, extreme distal part hyaline; dorsal & anal fins yellowish grey basally, dull yellow distally; caudal fin base whitish; caudal fin purplish. Small caudal fin.

Size : Up to 50 cm.
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Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
This schooling species feeds on diatoms, detritus film of sand, filamentous algae, hydroids, and pieces of fish.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
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Interaction with other species
Venomous.
Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Coral
Juveniles inhabit shallow, protected, turbid inshore waters while adults prefer deeper areas of protected bays and lagoons. Also in outer reef areas.
Geographical distribution
Indo-pan-Pacific: East Africa to Mexico, north to southern Japan and the Hawaiian Is., south to southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and the Tuamotu Is. Throughout Micronesia.
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://v.tomeno.free.fr/philippines/chirurgien.htm
http://wetwebfotos.com/media/medium/2/1124_Acanthurus_xanthopterusCKS. [...]
http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.cfm?ID=1261
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Acanthuru [...]
http://www.nps.gov/npsa/NPSAfish/tang2.htm#axzngh2
http://www.reefimages.com/cgi-reefimages/page.cgi?list=Surgeons&filena [...]

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Guide sous-marin de Tahiti
R. Bagnis & E. Christian
Les Editions du Pacifique, 1976-2000
Poissons-papillons
Rudie H. Kuiter & Helmut Debelius
Ulmer Editions
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 6/12/2002

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 08/08/2003


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