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Acanthurus sohal  (Forsskål, 1775)

Sohal surgeonfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Acanthuridae (Surgeonfishes, tangs, unicornfishes) > Acanthurinae
Etymology: Acanthurus: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - ? m (Ref. 27115), usually 0 - 20 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 24°C - 30°C (Ref. 27115)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30573)

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Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to the Persian Gulf.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A common species found in seaward edges of reefs exposed to surge (Ref. 9710). Aggressive and territorial (Ref. 9710). Feeds on various kinds of algae, mainly Sargassum, and fine filamentous green algae. Caught with nets (Ref. 30573).

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Randall, J.E., 1956. A revision of the surgeonfish genus Acanthurus. Pac. Sci. 10(2):159-235.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02399 (0.01160 - 0.04961), b=2.96 (2.79 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.0   ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.