Palette surgeonfish

Paracanthurus hepatus has a royal blue body, yellow tail, and black 'palette' design.

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The Palette surgeonfish lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 2 - 40 m , usually 10 - 40 m environment.

The palette surgeonfish is found on tropical reefs in the Indo-Pacific region from East Africa to the central Pacific Ocean. It is relatively uncommon and highly localized in its distribution. Adults are encountered in clear current-swept terraces of seaward reefs. More

The Palette Surgeonfish is known for its distinct look. A popular aquarium pet, this handsome creature is known to wedge itself among coral branches when it becomes alarmed. More

Palette Surgeonfish Dips In An Out Of The Staghorn Coral Location: Tropical, South Pacific, Fiji Source: DV 3-Chip PAL 4:3 Master: SD Digital File PAL 4:3 More

Common names

Acaraúna-preta in Portuguese (Português)
barbeiro in Portuguese (Português)
blue surgeonfish in English
Blue tang in English
Chankatayan in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
Chirurgien bleu in French (français)
Cirurgião in Portuguese (Português)
Cirurgião-Patela in Portuguese (Português)
common surgeon in English
Debam in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Dengkis in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
doctorfish in English
Dory in English
Ffiyán in Austronesian (Other)
Ffiyán in Carolinian
Flagtail surgeonfish in English
Hepatus tang in English
Hippo tang in Unknown
Hugupau asut in Austronesian (Other)
Hugupau asut in Carolinian
Indo-pacific bluetang in English
Jila in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
Kimakimaga in Misima-Paneati
Leter enam in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Leter enam kecil in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Maasiyes in Austronesian (Other)
Maasiyes in Carolinian
Masiyes in Austronesian (Other)
Masiyes in Carolinian
Montador in Creole, French
Montador in Creoles and Pidgins, French
Nanyôhagi in Japanese (日本語)
Palet-doktervis in Afrikaans
Paletkirurgfisk in Danish (dansk)
Palette surgeon in English
Palette surgeonfish in English
Paletten-Doktorfisch in German (Deutsch)
Palettkirurg in Swedish (Svenska)
Palettkirurgfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
Paracanthurus hepatus in French (français)
Regal blue surgeonfish in English
Simusimu in Gela
Voularg in Mahl
Wedge-tailed tang in English
Wedgetail blue tang in English
ചാണ്കടയന്  in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
ചെംകട്ടയന് in Malayalam (മലയാളം)
ナンヨウハギ in Japanese (日本語)
剝皮羊 in Mandarin Chinese
剝皮魚 in Mandarin Chinese
剥皮羊 in Mandarin Chinese
剥皮鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
拟刺尾鲷 in Mandarin Chinese
擬刺尾鯛 in Mandarin Chinese
蓝倒吊 in Mandarin Chinese
藍倒吊 in Mandarin Chinese
黃尾副刺尾魚 in Mandarin Chinese
黄尾副刺尾鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

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Order : Perciformes
Family : Acanthuridae
Genus : Paracanthurus
Species : Paracanthurus hepatus
Authority : Linnaeus, 1766