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Family Acanthuridae

HAWAII

Acanthurus thompsoni

Honaunau, Hawaii, 35 feet

 

Wakatobi, Indonesia, 50 feet

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 50 feet

Juvenile, Mokuleia, Oahu, 100 feet

 

Juvenile, Mokuleia, Oahu, 100 feet

 THOMPSON'S SURGEONFISH

Fairly common in deep water exposed to current where it feeds upon zooplankton.  Blue-gray or gray-brown with black spots at posterior base of dorsal fin and pectoral fin.  Hawaiian fish lack a white tail as is typical elsewhere.  Attains 10.5 inches.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.