Acanthurus thompsoni   (Fowler,  1923) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max size: 27.0 cm TL.

Dorsal spines (total): 9 - 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23 - 26; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 23 - 26. Body uniformly brown to dark brown; caudal fin pale in color (snow white in live fishes). Small, dark spot below and adjacent to axil of pectoral fin. Anterior gill rakers 15-18; posterior 14-16. Snout length 7.9 to 8.2 times in SL. Least depth of caudal peduncle 2.2 to 2.5 times in head length.

Dioecism, external fertilization, nonguarders.

Synonym (s)
Acanthurus philippinus Herre, 1927
(Junior Synonym)
Hepatus philippinus (Herre, 1927)
(Junior Synonym)
Hepatus thompsoni Fowler, 1923
(Senior Synonym)
Teuthis thompsoni (Fowler, 1923)
(Senior Synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Thompson's Surgeonfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Polyps, fish eggs/larvae, jelly fish, planktonic invertebrates, planktonic crustaceans, zooplankton, particularly large gelatinous forms


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)

Literature Source(s)
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Available at -
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