Night Surgeonfish, Thompson's Surgeonfish, Thompson's Tang, Chocolate Surgeonfish, Night Surgeonfish, Whitetail Surgeonfish
Acanthurus thompsoni, Maldives. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Acanthurus thompsoni, Niue. Photo: Graham Edgar
Acanthurus thompsoni, Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: Graham Edgar
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Uniformly dark, oval-shaped body with a lunate, white tail and a rounded head with dark spots. Forms schools which feed on plankton in the water column, well above the reef.
Max Size: 27 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (12% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Many (13 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.