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Blue Surgeonfish

Blue Surgeonfish
Blue Surgeonfish

Animal's Behavior

The adult fish's caudal spine is sharp, and is only out when the fish experiences excitement of some form.

Eating Habits



Indo-Pacicfic, East Africa to Indonesia, Micronesia, Samoa, New Caledonia. Also southwest Japan to the Great Barrier Reef.

Conservation Efforts

Just like all reef dwelling creatures, protection of coral reef ecosystems is essential to continued abundance.

Animal Facts

  • They can be solitary or form groups, with the young preferring to hide in branching corals. Typically found at a depth of 2-25 meters.
  • “Dory” from the popular Disney movie “Finding Nemo” is a Blue Surgeonfish.
  • This species is also known as a Blue Hippo Tang

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Paracanthurus hepatus


Animalia, Chordata, Actinopterygii, Perciformes, Acanthuridae


Up to 31 cm


Brilliant blue head and body with dramatic black hook shaped markings, yellow tail with black borders.

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Aquarium

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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