Animal Species:Lined Bristletooth, Ctenochaetus striatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)

The Lined Bristletooth is brown with fine blue lines on the body, dorsal and anal fins. There are orange-yellow dots surrounding the eye and on the nape.

Teeth of a Lined Bristletooth

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Standard Common Name

Lined Bristletooth

Alternative Name/s

Fine-lined Bristletooth, Striated Surgeonfish, Striped Bristletooth

Identification

The Lined Bristletooth is brown with fine blue lines on the body, dorsal and anal fins . There are orange-yellow dots surrounding the eye and on the nape. The genus name Ctenochaetus comes from the Greek words cteno (comb) and chaeto (hair or bristles) and refers to the teeth.

Size range

The Lined Bristletooth grows to 26 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in marine tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Ctenochaetus striatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Lined Bristletooth specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
striatus
Genus:
Ctenochaetus
Family:
Acanthuridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  3. Kuiter, R.H & H. Debelius. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and their relatives. A Comprehensive Guide to Acanthuroidei. TMC Publishing. Pp. 208.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
  5. Randall, J.E. 2001. Surgeonfishes of Hawai'I and the World. Mutual. Pp. 123.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Lined Bristletooth, Ctenochaetus striatus, Acanthuridae,