Animal Species:Orangeblotch Surgeonfish, Acanthurus olivaceus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
The Orangeblotch Surgeonfish can be recognised by the elongated orange blotch behind the eye. The species occurs widely in the western and central Pacific regions.
Standard Common Name
Orangeband Surgeonfish, Orangebar Surgeonfish, Orangespot Surgeon-fish
Adult Orangeblotch Surgeonfish have a distinct elongated orange blotch behind the eye. This may be less distinct in young individuals. Juveniles are bright yellow with a blue anal fin margin.
The species occurs from the islands of Oceania to the Western Pacific region.
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.
Distribution by collection data
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. & H. Debelius. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and their relatives. TMC. Pp. 208.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology